Improve your Vision!

Eyesight has always been a myth to many: are carrots that good? What can I do to help my eyesight? Is it possible to make it better? Well, yes! Check out the following ways (taken from Easy Ways to Improve your Vision) to live a healthy eye-style:

1. What you should EAT

  • Blueberries: one of the richest fruit forms of antioxidants
  • Bilberries (supplements/jam): contain anthocyanosides, which may protect the retina against macular degeneration.
  • Spinach: abundant in lutein (may prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts). Ideally, get it in combination w/ some form of fat, like olive oil, for best absorption.
  • RED onions: contain quercetin, an antioxidant that is thought to protect against cataracts
  • Take multivitamins daily.
  • Sweet potatoes: rich in vitamin A and can help improve your night vision.
  • Fish to prevent dry eye syndrome! Or take fish oil supplements to get your omega3s.
  • Southern Greens like collards and kale. They’re high in lutein and zeaxanthin and have high antioxidant properties. They may reduce your risk of developing both cataracts and ARMD, and may even slow progression of these diseases once they’ve begun.
  • Fresh beets: they’re red because of the phytochemicals called anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect the smaller blood vessels in your body, including those in your eyes.
  • NO Omega6 please, which means less fatty and sugary foods. Time to say bye-bye.
  • NO salt either. It increases your chance of acquiring cataracts.

2. Actions/lifestyle

  • Aim your car vents at your feet, not your eyes OR wear sunglasses as a shield. Dry air-conditioned air will suck the moisture out of eyes like a sponge. Dry eyes can be more than an inconvenience; serious dryness can lead to corneal abrasions and even blindness if left untreated.
  • Move your computer screen to just below eye level. Your eyes will close slightly when you’re staring at the computer, minimizing fluid evaporation and the risk of dry eye syndrome (John Sheppard).
  • Walk at least four times a week. Regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with glaucoma.
  • Turn down the heat in your house. Heat dries out the air, which, in turn, dries out your eyes. In winter, try adding some humidity with a humidifier or even bunching a lot of plants together in the room in which you spend the most time.
  • Wear sunglasses whenever you leave the house. Even when it’s not sunny out. They protect your eyes from the drying effects of wind.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat or cap will block roughly 50 percent of the UV radiation and reduce the UV radiation that may enter your eyes from above or around glasses.
  • Check your blood pressure. The two leading causes of blindness in the US are high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Dab an essential oil of jasmine, peppermint, or vanilla on your arm and sniff. Jasmine increases the beta waves in the frontal lobes of your brain, promoting wakefulness and enabling you to focus better and see things more acutely. All three scents stimulate the limbic system in your brain, which, in turn, stimulates the rods in your eyes, which help you see in dim light.
  • When you’re working or reading, set your alarm to beep every 30 minutes. Use this as a reminder to look up and away from your computer or book to some distant point for 30 seconds. This helps prevent eye fatigue and eyestrain.
  • Replace your mascara every three months and other eye makeup once a year. Eye makeup is a great repository for bacteria, which can easily be transferred to your eyes and cause infections.
  • Use eye makeup remover every night before going to bed.This prevents small pieces of mascara from winding up in your eye and possibly scratching your cornea.
  • Wear goggles when you’re doing carpentry or even yard work. Debris in the eye can lead to corneal abrasions, which can ultimately damage your vision. Also use protective goggles when you’re swimming to protect your eyes from the chlorine.
  • Use a fresh towel every time you wipe your face. Sharing face towels is a great way to get conjunctivitis, the infection also known as pinkeye.

Whew! And after you’ve made changes to your lifestyle, there are exercises to do. It’ll all be worthwhile, believe me.

1. Look out of the window/somewhere farther away for 30 seconds every 30 minutes you are working!! Now this is very important. It isn’t a waste of time: your eyes will be less ‘efficient’ if you don’t do this, and you’ll end up wasting even more time and energy. So there.

2. Put your finger in front of your face about one hand’s distance away from your nose. Look at it for a few seconds, then switch your focus to something really really far away. Do this 20-30 times for each eye. You may want to do this exercise facing the window.

3. Nod your head up and down: look up at the ceiling then down at your toes. Do this around 100 times a day. 😀

(taken from Erupting Mind Self-improvement Tips)

A very long list: make sure these are on your list of March Hare resolutions! 🙂 And just for fun, here’s a game you might like to try to improve your hand to eye co-ordination: Escapa!

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Author: Jessica Y

Economics student at the University of Cambridge. Aspiring data scientist.

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