Eyes Hazy Sight

Sources: Papers On Health

Frequently, after inflammation, and even when that

has ceased, the sight is left in a hazy condition. The eyes may be in

such cases rather cold than hot, and not amenable to the cooling

applications. The whole system also lacks vital action. First, in such

a case, wash the back thoroughly all over at night with hot water and

SOAP (see). Dry well and rub hot olive oil into the skin until dry.

In the morning rub the back for a few minutes with vinegar or weak

ACETIC ACID (see) before getting out of bed, dry, and rub with warm

olive oil. A strip of new flannel should be sewn on the underclothing,

so as to cover the whole back. The feet and legs should be bathed

(see Bathing Feet) twice a week. All alcoholic drinks, and most

drugs, should be avoided, while only such food should be taken as can

be converted into good blood. Half a teacupful of distilled water

should be taken before each meal. The whole of this diet tends to

produce healthy blood, which is the great means of dissolving all

haziness in the lenses and humours of the eyes.

Every drop of alcohol does so much to reduce that action. We have heard

this beautifully described by one of the foremost of living medical

men. He began by stating, what no one can doubt, that a certain

quantity of alcohol taken by the strongest man will kill that man as

effectually as if he were shot through the head with a rifle bullet.

Now a certain portion of alcohol takes a man's sight entirely away.

Half that quantity will only render his vision "double"--that is, unfit

him to see objects as they really are. Half that again will only

perceptibly impair the power of the eyes; but the action of the

smallest particle of the substance is the same in nature as that of the

largest quantity. Hence that action is to reduce the very efficiency of

the nerves of the eye, which it is of such immense importance to nurse

to the uttermost. No mere dictum, however strongly expressed, can hold

for a moment against this transparent reason. Hence, if a person must

take alcoholic liquor, the cure of inflammation in his eyes, and of the

thickening of the transparent portions of these organs, is simply out

of the question unless the disease is comparatively slight, and his

nervous constitution strong.

The very same reason holds good of tobacco. So of opium. So of every

other narcotic, whatever it may be called. Hundreds of men lose their

eyesight by the use of tobacco alone. We have seen their eyeballs

gradually becoming sightless when no change could be detected in their

eyes--only the optic nerve gradually lost its sensibility till they

were entirely blind. We are perfectly aware that there are those who

will scout the idea of such an effect, and prescribe these very

narcotics largely in such cases; it is because such drugs are used and

ordered that we are compelled thus to reason about them. In all cases

of failing eyesight they should be carefully avoided. So should all

foods which are not easily converted into healthful blood.