By Little pill

Most people understand prophecy as the foretelling of something that will happen. Therefore, prophets are someone who knows about the future.  The bible states “Prophet” is someone God employs to announce God’s message to the intended audience. I always thought the prophet must articulate well to deliver God’s message. Still, the prerequisite of a prophet is not articulation. Instead, it is a submissive heart with an attentive ear, and observant eyes, in humbleness, that receive God’s message clearly and accurately.

Last month, we talked about tinnitus, a hearing problem that can lead to deafness, and today, we will talk about eyes.

Eyes are often called “the windows to the soul,” so how can we be proactive about our ocular health? The best nutrients for eye health are omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), vitamin E, and zinc.

Diet intake of vitamin A in the liver, carrots, broccoli, and omega-3 fatty acids in fish, walnuts, and healthy oils, may not be sufficient in people with moderate to severe dry eyes.  Vitamin E and Omega-3 are thus recommended for the worsening of dry eyes. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your eyes at a cellular level from free radicals. Radicals can cause inflammation and damage to cell membranes.  Vitamin C is also vital for eyesight because it helps form collagen and support eye strength. Citrus fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers also boost this eye-fortifying nutrient. Saffron contains extracts used to promote visual acuity and overall eye health. Additionally, the Japanese have used astaxanthin, found naturally in certain types of sea life, which helps fight eye fatigue and promotes visual sharpness and overall ocular health.

Dry eye is common.  The tear film has three layers: fatty oils, aqueous fluid, and mucus. When tear production is insufficient or tear film layers are poor quality can cause dry eyes. Symptoms including stinging, burning, scratchy sensation, light sensitivity, watery eyes –  it is the body’s response to dry eyes, blurred vision, and or eye fatigue.

There is an increased risk of eye infection with inadequate tears, as tears protect the surface of your eyes from disease. In addition, severe dry eyes may lead to eye inflammation, abrasion of the corneal surface, corneal ulcers, and vision loss.

Other than modifying the environment to help with dry eyes, such as using a humidifier, taking eye breaks from the computer screen/reading/task that requires visual concentration, and using artificial tears regularly to keep your eyes well lubricated helps. Preservative-free artificial tears and the artificial tear ointment or gel formulation before bedtime relieve symptoms. In addition, warm compress to the eye for 5 to 10 minutes 1 to 2 times a day with a light massage to the eyelids helps stimulate the glands and produce quality tears.

Diet intake of vitamin A in the liver, carrots, broccoli, and omega-3 fatty acids in fish, walnuts, and vegetable oils, may not be sufficient in people with moderate to severe dry eyes.  However, Vitamin E and Omega-3 are recommended to tackle worsening dry eyes.

There are many other eye problems, but medical advances evolve quickly in treating glaucoma, cataract, and corneal surgery, laser corrective eye surgery to improve the quality of life to be visually apparent.  However, the subtle viewing without stopping misses the cherishing moments and opportunity to appreciate.

God does not reveal Himself just to the prophet only but to all of us.  But when we cannot hear nor see him, we complain about why He is not with us or not listening to our prayer.

Psalm 121:1 to 4: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains –  where does my help come from?

 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Psalm 46: 10 reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God.”

Indeed, God neither slumber nor sleep,, and we can hear Him and see Him with our heart.  God said to King Solomon:  

” And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (I Chronicles 28:9)