Can your eyes heal themselves?

How cool would it be if we could heal ourselves, similar to lizards thay regrow lost tails and limbs. Our bodies can already perform self-healing which is why broken bones repair themselves and cuts disappear, so it figures, can our eyes self heal? Is something so delicate in our body able to heal itself?

First let's look at everyday eye dangers

Sun damage
One of the most common things that damages our eyesight is UV sunlight. Over long exposure of our eyes or directly looking at sunlight can have a very bad effect and damage your eyes.  One of the things that might happen with over exposure is cataracts, blindness and even cancer. There is a simple way of preventing this by wearing UV protected sunglasses when outside in the sun. It's fashionable and eye saving.

Excessive consumption of alcohol is also really bad for your eyes. Drinking too much can have a big impact on your eyesight in your later life, so please enjoy yourself but, please drink responsibly.  

The smoke from cigarettes' can damage your eyes. The chemicals used in tobacco products have various side effects on eyesight like potentially developing cataracts at a younger age, not to mention the negative impact it can have on your lungs. 

Screen exposure
Another thing that will damage your eyes is overexposure to screens. From computers and smartphones to TVs and tablets, people spend a huge amount of time these days staring at screens. You're looking at a screen now even when reading this. Problems with excessive screen time can cause dry eye, as well as eye strain. The ways in which you can counter this is to simply reduce your screen time daily as well as making sure you take frequent breaks. If you have to look at a screen for a long period, is to look away and focus on something else to give you eyes a rest. s

Dry eye and the environment
Dry eye, as obvious as the name suggests, is when the eyelids are lubrication deficit. Though scientist predicts that 1 in 5 people have dry eye nowadays, the concept of dry eye began thousands of years ago.

Our eyelids, when shut, slide on a compound consisting of oil, water and mucus across the ocular surface of our eyes. Whilst these compounds lubricate the eye, Dry Eye is when the water within that compound evaporates at an accelerated rate, thus meaning the eye becomes “Dry.” This is, however, not the only cause of dry eye, there are a wide variety of factors to include, the second most important being the environment. Environmental factors such as wind, sun, heat, air conditioning and many more all contribute to the severity and volatility of Dry Eye.  People with Dry Eye will normally describe their eyes as irritating, scratchy, sore, red or painful.

AMD is normally an age-related disorder, usually affecting 50-60 year old's and the middle part of the vision. It does not cause total blindness despite what people might say, however, it will make tasks like reading and recognising faces difficult.

This treatment can get worse if not treated, however it can be easily treated. These disorders can get worse over the years and can affect either eye or both. The first symptom is often a blurred or distorted area in your vision. If it gets worse, you might struggle to see anything in the middle of your vision seeing straight lines as wavy or crooked objects looking smaller than normal colours seeming less bright than they used to see things that aren't there (hallucinations). AMD isn't painful and doesn't affect the appearance of your eyes. If you have a problem with your eyes, early diagnosis and treatment may help stop your vision from getting worse.

Self healing eyes?

So we have looked over the potential ways in which our eyes can get damaged but, now let us look into the question of can eyes self-heal? As mentioned above we humans do have healing capabilities but does that apply to your eyes as well?

The simple answer is yes. Some damages that are done to our eyes can be undone while some damages require more medical correction and some others cannot be. One of the most common optical injuries is corneal abrasions, which are scratches on the outer layer of the eye. These types of wounds heal on their own within just a few hours, as long as it’s not being rubbed.  Keeping your eyes lubricated after any sort of injury is vital to its healing process. The natural tears that coat the eyeball contains antibodies that will prevent infection, which is very important when there’s a wound on the surface of the eye. Things that can help this is applying eye drops or running water over your eye and washing it out however there are some conditions such as AMD and dry eye that require more powerful nutrients to help.

Give you eyes a helping hand

Derived from the botanical extracts of the marigold flower, MacuShields’ break-through formula has been scientifically proven to protect your eyes from the onset of sight-threatening conditions such as macular degeneration. The MacuShield formula, backed by the worlds’ leading eye care experts, takes three naturally found carotenoids; lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin and puts them into one easy-to-take food capsule. These three nutrients play the essential role of protecting the macula from free radicals and improving our sensitivity to blue light. By strengthening the macula, MacuShield slows down the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Blephclean, its specialised formula for Blepharitis is ideal for ensuring your eyes maintain top quality hygiene, simply one wipe in the morning and one before bed. This will ensure that any bacterial growth on or in the eye is reduced aiding in eyes recovery. Also, we highly recommend our premium Thealoz Duo, a third-generation preservative-free eye lubrication drop, it’s our go-to product for improving Dry Eye conditions - suitable for contact lenses wearers and non-contact lenses wearers. 

These are some examples we have that we can help with certain medical conditions but sometimes you will need surgery to heal your eyes, such as is the case with a Cataract. 

So it seems that in many instances your eyes can heal themselves, but prevention is the best cure.