Presbyopia (Failing Eyesight)
Presbyopia or failing eyesight, is part of the normal aging process. In the mid 40s many notice that they must hold items further away to be able to focus and read. This is caused as the elasticity of the lens of the eye is lost. This is commonly corrected by using eye glasses.
Other eye problems the treatment can help include:
Cataracts most often occur with aging but occasionally they can result after some eye surgery, eye trauma, diseases such as diabetes, from some forms or radiation, or as a congenital defect. Cataracts may form in either or both eyes. They happen as the lens of the eye clouds or fogs not allowing light to pass clearly through the lens to the retina. The lens is made up of water and protein and with age this protein clumps together disrupting the clearness of the lens. Some research suggests that beyond normal “wear and tear” smoking may be a cause.
Macular degeneration or AMD (age-related macular degeneration) is a disease that, over time, blurs the central zone of vision. This eventually can affect ones ability to read and perform many everyday tasks. It usually develops after age 60 and can affect one or both eyes. There is no associated pain. In some it develops slowly and can go undetected for years whereas with others in develops quickly and results in serious vision loss.
There are two types of AMD wet and dry. With both types the macula, which is the center of the retina at the back of the eye, is compromised leading to blurred vision and eventual loss of central vision. The more common type (90%) is the dry macular degeneration. In this case the critical light-sensitive cells in the macula region of the retina slowly die causing a slow loss of vision. Dry AMD can be detected before visible symptoms with a proper eye exam that can detect drusen, small yellow deposits under the retina, that are a precursor to the disease. Without an eye exam symptoms will begin with slightly blurred vision.
Wet AMD occurs in the same area of the retina but the deterioration is caused by blood vessels that loose fluid and lift the macula causing the vision problems. One early tell-tale symptom is that items that are straight lines will appear wavy. This condition is also known as advanced AMD and the fluid loss and resulting damage develops quickly.
Glaucoma may cause damage to the optic nerve and result in loss of sight. The main body of the eye is filled with a fluid known as aqueous humor. This fluid is continuously being replenished near the back of the eye and drains through a channel (called the angle) near the front of the eye. If this drainage is impeded pressure builds in the eye and may damage the optic nerve.
There are four types of blockage or glaucoma that may occur. Open-angle glaucoma is most common, it happens slowly over time and no cause is known. It runs in families and is more common among African-Americans. Angle-closure glaucoma is when the channel is suddenly blocked. This causes painful pressure and is an emergency situation. Congenital glaucoma occurs when the exit channel does not develop properly at birth. It is also hereditary. Secondary glaucoma can be caused by some pharmaceutical medications or as a result of an eye disease like uveitis.
Light travels through the cornea and lens and falls on the retina at the back of the eye. The retina is a thin membrane that converts the images falling on it to signals to the brain. If the retina becomes separated from the underlying tissue distortion in vision may occur. The detachment of the retina may be caused by trauma, disease such as diabetes or inflammatory disorders, or it can happen without any underlying cause. Symptoms of retinal detachment include blurred vision, partial lack of vision, bright flashes in peripheral vision, or floating spots in vision.
The middle layer of the eye the uvea is composed of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. From the uvea comes most of the blood supply for the retina. Uveitis is inflammation or irritation to the uvea. Most commonly this occurs in the iris and is known as iritis. If it occurs near the back of the eye in choroid it is choroiditis. This condition can stem from an infection elsewhere in the body or concurrent with some autoimmune disorders. One or both eyes may be affected and the symptoms include redness in the eye, some pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and/or floating spots in vision.
doTERRA Essential Oil Treatment for a number of eye problems is:
Use the healing and regenerating properties of oils like helichrysum, frankincense or the blend Immortelle (frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, myrrh, rose, sandalwood).
Application suggestions are:
• One or two drops on the end of the finger and dab around the eye socket (not in the eye) 2 – 3 times a day.
• Using the Immortelle roller bottle (or make a roller bottle with a selected oil/blend, (Dr. Hill recommended frankincense, cypress, lavender before Immortelle was available) and apply the oils around the eye socket 2 – 3 times a day.
• Additionally (or in lieu of, if someone is highly sensitive to having oils applied around the eyes) rub the oils or blend on the reflexology point for eyes (at the base of and between the 1st and 2nd toes) 2 – 3 times a day.
Some eye problems, such as uveitis and iritis may stem from a systemic infection and the following are suggested:
• Use the Immortelle or equal parts frankincense, cypress, and lavender (in a roller bottle if available) and apply aroundthe eye socket as above but increase the frequency to 3 – 4 time daily and continue for a few days after the infection appears to have cleared.
• Use a detoxifying cleanse such as the Zendocrine or GX Assist
“I have been wearing uni-focal contacts for 12 years now. This means that one eye is for reading and the other eye is for distance. I am currently wearing the highest magnification that can be worn before going cross-eyed. I still need “reading glasses” just to read, especially at work on night-shift. To my total amazement, I have discovered that using Immortelle around my eyes, twice a day, I do not need the “readers.” I only am using contacts and I can read even tiny print. Yeah!” - Tanya
“I have worn prescription bifocals for over 10 years. The other night I picked up some mail off the cabinet and naturally reached for my glasses. I was almost startled to realize that at the moment I held up the letter and before I had put my glasses on, I could read the address! I don’t need them any more. I went in to have my eyes checked this last week and my ophthalmologist said that my eyes had improved and I did not require nearly as strong a prescription. I now only wear glasses for night driving! She said that it is unusual but not unheard of for peoples eye site to improve, and said; “whatever you are doing… keep it up!”
What am I doing? I use frankincense around my eye sockets daily. Just a single drop. Every two weeks I switch to helichrysum for a week. I also take my LLW pack daily (Lifelong Vitality Pack). I’m not sure where most of the help is coming from, but I’m glad to have the problem of not knowing for sure which is helping.” -BK
“I had iritis/uveitis in my right eye, and I tried a couple of different things and ended up really liking the frankincense/cypress/lavender blend – it’s been really good for the iritis, and my eye doctor thought it was healing faster than it “normally” would, which is great.
I was going through my routine facial stuff yesterday morning and noticed that under the right eye was less wrinkled than the left, so I decided that I needed to put it around both eyes. This is a great side effect, but there’s more! This morning, after my shower, I forgot to put my glasses on before I went downstairs, and I didn’t even notice it until I went to turn on my computer! I’ve been wearing bifocals for 5 years for presbyopia and astigmatism, so this was fairly astounding to me. And the really, really cool thing is …. I haven’t put my glasses on all day!!” -Vikki
“I did not have a tear or detachment, but could have easily. I had to take it easy for a whole month. I take a drop of frankincense under my tongue every morning (when I remember to) and have been putting it around the eye bone as often in the mornings as I can remember to. Also I use melaleuca and myrrh sometime as well. I still have the floater, but I don’t see it as much. I think it has helped. My vision has improved so that’s a plus and my wrinkles are not as noticeable.” -Jan