BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to an eye mask having the excellent effects of recovering from eye fatigue and recovering ocular functions and also having functions for recovering from eye sight disorder such as pseudo-myopia, moderate farsightedness or moderate astigmatism, as well as hypnosis effect.
2. Detailed Description of Prior Art
Various kinds of products for recovering from eye fatigue are commercially available. For instance, a warming or cooling pad in the shape of an eye patch is known in the art. The effects of such products are temporary and wear off in a short time. Furthermore, any conventional systems for warming eyeball parts by electric or electronic warming devices have some disadvantages. For instance, each of them has an expensive complicated structure and is hard to handling.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
An object of the present invention is to provide an eye mask having excellent effects of: recovering from eye fatigue; restoring ocular functions; providing hypnosis action; and so on, in addition to being useful to restore eyesight and various kinds of ocular diseases.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an eye mask capable of substantially recovering or restoring from eye fatigue or disordered ocular functions as a long-time treatment can be performed through sleeping hours.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide an eye mask with a simple structure, which can be mass-produced at low cost and can be easy to use.
The present invention has been proposed in view of the above objects. Accordingly, there is provided an eye mask comprising: a mask member to be placed over eyeball parts; magnetic bodies provided on portions of the mask member, where the portions correspond to the eyeball parts, respectively; and warming members for warming the eyeball parts, which are provided on the mask member.
According to one of preferred embodiments of the present invention, eye pads may be provided on the portions of the mask member corresponding to the eyeball parts, where the magnetic bodies are placed in the eye pads, respectively. In addition, a warming-member housing portion may be provided on the mask member, where the warming member for warming the eyeball parts is housed.
The term “mask member” refers to one prepared from any material having any shape as far as it can be placed over the eyeball parts, such as one in the shape of goggles, glasses, eye bandage, or ocular adhesive sheet. Also, the term “eyeball parts” refer eyes, eyeballs, and their surroundings in the human body. Also, but not particularly limited to, the magnetic body may be a ferrite permanent magnet, a rare-earth permanent magnet, a diboronic magnesium permanent magnet of a superconductive material, or the like, which may be shaped like a ball, bar, plate, ring, wire, particle, or the like to filled in the eye pad or the like.
The magnetic force of the magnetic body may be appropriately defined for attaining the object, for example it may be in the range of 1 mT to 180 mT.
By the way, apparatuses for magnetic therapy have been well known in the art. Each of them utilizes magnetic actions of magnetic bodies for taking the stiffness out of each part of the human body, such as shoulder, scruff, back, hip, foot, or for relieving fatigue of muscle. On the other hand, the present inventors have found that magnetic actions of magnetic bodies could be effective to restore eye fatigue, ocular functions, various kinds of ocular diseases, and so on. In particular, eye sight disorder such as pseudo-myopia, moderate farsightedness, or moderate astigmatism can be naturally restored or improved by applying a predetermined strength of magnetic force for a long time. In addition, the present inventors have also found that magnetic actions of magnetic bodies could be effective to ocular diseases such as keratopathy, cataract, glaucoma, paralysis of ocular muscles, and retinopathy.
It be presumed that each structural component of the eye part, such as crystalline lens, ciliary body (zonula cliaris) that regulates swelling of the crystalline lens, or cornea, may be effected by magnetic force in a cellular level to restore intrinsic biological functions of each structural component. Simultaneously, there additional effects of restoring the functions of nerve fibers connecting to the ocular cells, causing increase in bloodstream by expansion of peripheral capillaries around the eyeball part, relaxing muscles and nerve fivers and relieving tension on each of them, activating cells, and so on to recover eyeball parts from fatigue and to enhance ocular functions.
In the mask member, as described above, the warming member for warming the eyeball parts and their surroundings are provided in addition to the magnetic bodies.
The warming member may be, for example, a powder-type exothermic material which can be self-heated at a temperature of about 38° C. to 42° C., or may be a small-sized far-infrared ray heat-generating device, or may be of using functions of heating or cooling by means of a potential difference in module alloy. Warming the eyeball parts works synergistically with the magnetic actions of the magnetic bodies to provide more excellent advantages of the eye mask.
In other words, blocked meibomian glands in the lids of eyes, which are a main cause of dry eyes, can be restored by heating the eyeball parts, so that the stream of tears can be recovered to allow normal secretion of tears.
In addition, the stresses on somatic cells, muscles, nerves, bone marrows, and so on can be relaxed and the circulation of the blood can be improved.
Furthermore, there are synergistic effects of the warming and the magnetic force on cells and tissues in the body, so that fatigue materials such as wastes, blood stasis, cholesterol, lactic acid, CO2, and active oxygen, which are accumulated in the eyeball parts, will be removed. Therefore, the stiffness or hyperemia of muscles, nerves, bone marrows, and so on will be removed.
In addition, blood turns into alkalinity from the acidity, and the body metabolism becomes active, so that natural healing power in the body can be recovered and improved, resulting in normalized eyesight as a necessary consequence. Furthermore, stresses on cells and tissues of the cornea and the surroundings thereof can be relieved by warming the cornea with the warming member, resulting that these cells and tissues become expanded and softened.
Under such conditions, the softened cornea can be deformed along the shape of the eye portion of the eye pad by pressing down the eye pads on the eyeball parts from above the eye lids or on the surroundings of the eye lids at a predetermined pressure for a predetermined time period. As a result, especially, eye sight disorder such as pseudo-myopia, moderate farsightedness, or moderate astigmatism, or the like can be corrected so that eyesight can be recovered.
The eye pad is constructed of an elastic body such as a sponge or a soft plastic material in consideration of coming in contact with the eyeball part for a long time. According to the present invention, however, it is not limited to such materials. The eye pad may be constructed of another material such as a semi-hard plastic material, a cork, or a magnetic metal.
In addition, the eye portion of the eye pad is formed in a concave shape. According to the present invention, however, it is not limited to such a shape. Various kinds of eye portions may be prepared in advance. For example, each of the eye portion may have a different amount of curvature of the concave, or a convex or flat shape, depending on the purpose of correction. If the purpose is not for corrective treatment on eyesight, there is no need to forcefully press the eye pad against the eyeball part. It may touch on the eye lid lightly by loosing the constriction band of the eye mask or the like.
The mask member may be equipped with means for generating micro-vibrations, such as a vibrator. The micro-vibration means providing the eyeball parts with micro-vibrations to stimulate cells, tissues, nerves, blood flows, and so on in the eye parts and the surroundings thereof. Therefore, the effects of magnetic force and warming can be further increased, and also the cornea correction can be further effective.
In the mask member, if required, means for blinking luminous bodies may be provided. The luminous body may be a miniature bulb, a light emitting diode, or the like. The luminous body can be turned on and off at predetermined time intervals by adjusting the light level, flashing speed, or the like of the luminous body, so that hypnotic and ataractic effects can be induced.
Furthermore, the ocular functions or the like can be improved by stimulating the eyeballs, retina nervous systems, and so on by irradiating moderate light on the eyeball parts and the surroundings thereof.
The luminous bodies may be colored with four primary colors (red, blue, yellow, and green) or filtered with colored filters, respectively. Therefore, the luminous bodies can be independently rendered in different color schemes so as to be appropriately adjusted to the goal of treatment or the like. Therefore, it becomes possible to improve or enhance the recognition ability of the eye and to treat or improve partial or total color-blindness.
Furthermore, if required, coolants may be housed in the warming-member housing portions of the mask member for cooling the eyeball parts at predetermined temperatures, respectively. Therefore, it becomes possible to ease the tensions of muscles of the eye parts and the surroundings thereof. In addition, it also becomes possible to restore hyperemia, to prevent a rush of blood to the head, and to bring down the blood pressure.
The coolant may be a disposable cold sheet or pad, which is commercially available, or an improved product thereof for the present invention.
For recovering from a disorder such as insomnia or mental stress, an aromatic material having a hypnotic or ataractic effect may be provided in the mask member. Furthermore, earplugs for sound isolation, a portable music playback device, a radio, or the like may be optionally provided in the mask member.