I have been working at a computer for years now. At some point I've noticed that my eyes started aching and itching. Before that, I couldn't even imagine eyes could ache.
I had my eyes examined and was diagnosed with that dry eye syndrome many programmers get. So eye doctor said 'I can see it in your eyes that you're a hard-working web-developer, so I'm gonna ask you to put up a website for me'. )) Kidding. But the diagnosis is true. And I do develop websites if you're interested ;)
Anyway, there my journey of searching for cures began. Doctor advised me the standard list of measures you can find on the net: proper organized workplace, good monitor, proper settings of brightness-contrast, 15-minute long breaks after every 45 minutes of work, eye excercises and eye vitamins. Oh and the artificial tear eye drops, of course.
Well, none of that really helped. And those breaks after every 45 minutes of work - I didn't need them, because my eyes started hurting after the first 20. Artificial tear drops were helpful, but once you've stopped them - all the symptomes come back.
I didn't like the prospect of carrying those eye drops in my purse for the rest of my life. Even though I was advised the "new generation" drops that contained no preservatives.
At that time I was juicing (making fresh juice out of fruits and some veggies like carrot and celery). But that didn't seem to have an effect on my eyes.
Until one day my friend (whom I just recently converted into "Juiciism" ;) and who was so excited he was juicing everything he could find in the house) called me and said "Hey, have you ever tried parsley juice? Gives you such energy!" So, I just had to try it.
Well, maybe it's not the best taste in the world but it's quite acceptable. Also, if you mix a bit of lemon or orange in there it becomes even somewhat nice. But the point is, the same day I noticed my eyes didn't hurt as bad, and the next day the pain was gone.
Long story short, I juice parsley daily and I spend more than 5 hours a day staring at the screen. My eyes are fine and I don't use any eye drops.
Turns out, parsley is loaded with 2 elements that are vital for eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin.
Before that, I've tried 2 brands of synthetic eye vitamins with lutein and zeaxanthin and neither of them helped (after taking each of the two for more than a month). I think they just aren't absorbed like natural ones.
How much should you take? I don't know. I think it depends on your organism (weight, age, general health). I weight around 50kg, generally healthy and somewhat around 30-40 grams a day is enough for me. Oh and in the same time I take some carrot juice as I usually did. Maybe they work good in conjunction, but the carrot alone never did the trick for me))
I know juicing is not as easy as taking a pill (which is what most people like to be given when they have a problem), but it's worth it if it solves everything. Also, parsley has lots of vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin B12, folate, calcium.
Hope my expirience will be helpful to somebody else.
P.S. I also think taking breaks every 45-50 minutes is good for you. There are even PC programs that can help you remember to relax every now and then, look them up.
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Reminded me of a character in Futurama saying: "What, do I look like a guy who's not lazy??"
I'm still juicing parsley, but not as often any more. When I started juicing at first I could only work at my PC if I had my daily dose. Now I notice I can skip a few days and still feel great. So I guess it works.
If you hate parsley (Im not a fan of it either), just mix it with the fruit juice and it is hardly noticeable.
I also recomment including eggplants into your diet.
You're welcome, I hope it helps. Also, don't foret kiwis.
I know I didn't have a hormonal problem (I checked) the doctor said all was good.
I might have noticed the results so fast because everything else was fine, I mean, I was juicing daily anyway, my nutrition was probably ok, I was just lacking that crucial element that's in parsley.