Our sight is important to God. Scripture
tells of our Lord opening the eyes of the blind, often connecting
people’s physical sight with spiritual understanding.
The eye, this miraculous, complex organ,
structured with intricate detail, works in conjunction with brain,
muscles, and other systems for eye movement, reflex and
vision. The iris, pupil, lens, optic nerve, retina, vitreous
body and many other parts of the eye necessary for vision, are
protected and enhanced by the production of tears and the structure
of eyelids for the act of blinking.
From infancy through adulthood, eyes
need to be protected and nourished to remain healthy and
functional. In small children, avoiding injuries through
close supervision with pencils, forks, scissors and any other
potentially harmful object is essential. Looking into
the sun or laser pointers can cause rapid and permanent damage to a
child’s retina. By teaching children proper eye care and
handwashing, damage, irritations and some diseases can be prevented
and spreading of infections avoided. Through close
observation by parents, teachers, nurses and others, children with
vision problems or eye irregularities can be recognized and helped
early, avoiding complications.
In adulthood, certain eye conditions and
diseases become more common. Age-related vision changes,
diabetic neuropathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinitis are some
examples. When caught early, many can be controlled and
complications avoided. Regular eye exams, protection from
sun, keeping our bodies in optimum health overall and eating for
eye health, are some actions we can observe ourselves and teach to
others to aid in maintaining healthy eyes.
Following are some of the foods that help
promote good eye health. Among the vegetables are kale,
collard greens, peppers, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots,
spinach, peas, pumpkin, and Swiss chard. Fruits include
peaches, blueberries, citrus fruits, mango, tomato, apricot,
papaya, cantaloupe, honeydew and avocado. Foods high in zinc
are beneficial, including king crab, lamb, bulgur, lean beef and
pork, poultry dark meat, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds and beans.
Omega 3-rich foods such as salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel,
sardines, rainbow trout, flaxseed, English walnuts, canola oil, and
roasted soybeans are also excellent. May we strive for the
best possible health of sight for both body and soul!
I praise you because I am
fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I
know that full well. (Psalm139:14)
Dottie Simon, RN
Texas District Health Ministry/Parish
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston