Boost Your Eyesight

1. Eat for bright eyesight

Protect your peepers with a vision-ary diet! Our eyes require multiple nutrients to function optimally. 

Start with these:

• Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. 

Antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, protect the macula from sun damage. Get these antioxidants from dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots--notice any color pattern here? Current research shows that consuming yellow and green vegetables can help prevent age-related macular generation, a leading cause of blindness. Find out more about beta-carotene in the Natural Health Dictionary.

• Foods rich in sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin help protect the lens of your eye from cataract formation. Excellent choices include garlic, onions, shallots, and capers. 

• Anthocyanin-rich blueberries, grapes, and goji berries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve your vision. Find out more about anthocyanins in the Natural Health Dictionary.

• DHA is a fatty acid found in coldwater fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, and cod. DHA provides structural support to cell membranes to boost eye health.

• To prevent dehydration and dry eyes remember to drink filtered water daily: eight 8 ounce glasses every day to lubricate your eyes.

2. Exercise your eyes
These simple exercises will help you maintain optimal vision and may also keep those annoying eye floaters at bay. Perform these exercises first thing in the morning, before bedtime, or any time your eyes feel fatigued. Make sure that your hands are clean and that your mood is relaxed. Commit to daily practice and you may just see better results within one month. 

Warm your eyes. Rub your palms together to create heat, and then place them against your eyes for five seconds. Repeat this three times. 

Roll your eyes. Start by looking up and then slowly circle10 times clockwise and 10 times counterclockwise. 

Focus. Hold a pen at arm's length, focus your eyes on it, and slowly bring the pen closer until it's about six inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, 10 times in all. 

Massage your temples. Using your thumb knuckles, massage your temples in small circles, 20 times in one direction and 20 in the other. Repeat the same actions above the mid-point of the eyebrows at the forehead, then below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of the nose. 

Take a mini-nap. Put your head back, close your eyes, and relax for three minutes.

3. Limit Environmental Toxins

External factors can contribute to eye damage. These include fluorescent lights, computer screens, environmental allergens, chlorine in swimming pools, air conditioning and heating, reading in dim lighting, and constant rubbing of the eyes. Do not smoke and limit your exposure to cigarette smoke as it may increase optic pressure. Remember to wear sunglasses to protect your precious eyes from UV exposure. 

4. R & R for your eyes


Getting enough sleep is essential for eye health. Sleep time allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover. Insufficient sleep may weaken your vision, so shoot for eight hours of sound sleep a night. Give your eyes a break once an hour during your workday: rest your eyes 10 minutes for every 50 minutes spent reading or in front of the computer. If your eyes feel overly tired, lie down and place cooling cucumber slices over your eyelids.

http://health.yahoo.net

Comments

  1. Good tips and I like the one on mini naps!

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  2. I watch cartoon at disney channel everyday....oso can improve eyesight....he he he!

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  3. Dunno what I did - next year, 60...still not using glasses. Hopefully, will stay that way.

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  4. great!! thanks for sharing the tips with us.. :)

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  5. These are really good recommendations – I’ll try to remember them all. Thanks.

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  6. Yeah! I read about this on Yahoo too. Really need to take care of our eyes. :)

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  7. Thanks for the tips. Saw an eye specialist regarding my eye floaters who asked me to stop doing eye exercises and head stand. Been doing yoga for 30 years and got to stop doing my headstand and eye exercise is so unpleasant. Not satisfied went for a 2nd opinion where the Dr said do by all means coz all yogis do their headstand till 90 years so why not? *haiz*

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  8. Wah STP must have eaten tons and tons of fish so no need glasses. Where got cat wear glasses one? Ma mama told me to eat fish using this 'kiew'.

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  9. great tips, Wenn, thanks so much for sharing.

    betty xx

    missed you!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing. My eyes have been blur these days. Must been overtaxing them i guess.
    +Ant+

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  11. Rest your eyes periodically esp if you're one who spends long hours in front of computers.

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