Can You Improve Your Eyesight?
09
May 2019

What Can You Do to Help Your Vision Naturally?

Dreading the thought of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Unfortunately, there are no proven ways to naturally correct vision problems without the use of corrective lenses or surgery for most vision problems.

Can I Prevent Vision Problems?

This question has a much more positive response… Yes, there are things that you can focus on that can help you prevent some serious eyesight issues.

What can I do to keep my eyesight healthy?

Healthy eyes and eyesight go hand in hand with good overall health. By improving your overall health, you can reduce the risk of contracting problems that lead to vision problems.

Maintain a sight healthy diet.

Are you getting enough essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in your diet? Without the right nutrition, your eyes could be starving for the things they need to stay healthy.

Vitamin A, C and E, Zinc, Lutein and Zeaxanthin are all natural occurring in the foods we eat, if you are following a balanced diet.

Foods you should include in your diet: citrus, dark leafy greens, broccoli, peppers, zucchini, eggs, fish and legumes like lentils, kidney beans and black-eyed peas.

Exercise for better health

By maintaining an active and healthy body, we can reduce the risk of contracting chronic health problems.

High blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes can both have complications that lead to blurred vision and damage to the blood vessels in your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the “most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults”, according to the National Eye Institute. - https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy

Exercise and a heart/eye healthy diet can help to regulate the body’s blood sugar, reducing the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes and the associated vision problems that can come with it.

Rest Your Eyes

Just like the rest of your body, your eyes can become overworked, strained and tired. Make sure you are resting when you need to and getting a proper night’s sleep.

During the day, take a break from the screen! Digital eye strain is common in working adults and becoming more and more common in young children. Take breaks from your digital devices and screen. The 20-20-20 rule is one to live by: for every 20 minutes of screen time, take 20 seconds to focus your eyes on something 20 feet away.

Closing your eyes for a minute or two a few times a day is also a good habit to get in to. By closing your eyes for 2-3 minutes, you are allowing the eye to lubricate itself, helping to further reduce any effects from working too much in front of a computer.

A final great tip is to avoid digital screens right before bed. We know, lying in bed with a smart phone or tablet is a habit a lot of us have (completely guilty of it here), but the extra strain of low light and excess blue light right before sleep has multiple side effects. Poor sleep, trouble falling asleep and fatigue have been accredited to too much screen time before bed. So, give yourself a chance to wind down without the extra light and rest your eyes.

Consult Your Eye Doctor Yearly

If you have great vision, seeing a doctor may not be at the top of your list to do. But it should be.

Only trained eye care professionals can see what is physically going on with your eyes. They can see changes to your eyes before they become a serious problem, helping to keep your eyesight healthiest over the course of your lifetime.

Are you overdue for your yearly exam? Visit an Eyestar Optical Optometrist today

Vision problems like myopia, astigmatism or cataracts cannot be corrected without professional help. The good news is that habits like a good, nutritious diet, exercise and proper rest, you can be confident that you are doing all you can to help your eyesight naturally.

Disclaimer: This information has been compiled from various sources and is intended for information purposes only. If you are experiencing any vision problems, it is always best to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-improve-eyesight
https://nei.nih.gov/hvm/healthy_eyes_lifestyle
https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy
https://askdrnandi.com/stop-using-your-smartphone-at-night/
https://www.goodeyes.com/blog/improve-your-vision-naturally/