Today we spend most of our time looking at some form of screen. Whether it’s a computer, smartphone, tablet or TV, our eyes are straining daily. As our population continues to age, we will continue to see an increase in vision problems. We can work to combat this, however, by eating healthy, exercising our eyes and most importantly giving our eyes some much need rest.
Eat for Your Eyes
There is no doubt that we have all been told at one point or another to “eat your vegetables because they are good for you.” While we agree with this, you can take your healthy eating up a notch by eating an eye-healthy diet. You can do this by eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods that are full of Vitamins A, C, and E and minerals such as copper and Zinc. All of these are essential to eyesight. Foods such as dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all great options to consume daily. The more color on your plate, the better!
Your Eyes Need Exercise Too!
We all know that we need to exercise our bodies to maintain a healthy weight and keep our insides happy. But what about our eyes? They need exercise too! Nothing too strenuous of course, you can do them anywhere. They will help you to maintain optimal vision. These exercises should be completed first thing in the morning, before you go to bed, or anytime they feel fatigued. Like anything, if you would like to see success, you have to commit to doing them daily.
- Exercise #1: Warm your eyes up; Rub your palms together to create heat, place them against your eyes for five seconds, repeat three times.
- Exercise #2: Roll your eyes. Start by looking up and then slowly circle 10 times clockwise and then 10 times counterclockwise.
- Exercise #3: Focus. Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it and slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about 6 inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, repeat 10 times.
- Exercise #4: Massage your temples. Using your thumb knuckles, massage your temples in small circles: 20 times in one direction, 20 times in the other. Repeat the same motions above the midpoint of the eyebrows at the forehead, and below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of your nose.
- Exercise #5: Take a mini-nap. Lay your head back, close your eyes and relax for 3 minutes.
Committing to doing these exercises daily will help you to strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help improve your vision. You will need to give this some time, but you according to Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.A.C., D.O.M, PhD you should begin seeing results after just one month.
Give Your Eyes some R&R
What can you do to give your eyes some much-needed rest? Take breaks from your screen! For example, every 50 minutes you spend looking at your screen, you should be spending the other 10 looking away, focusing on something else. Also, make sure that you are getting your full 8 hours of sleep at night. A good night’s rest is essential to optimal eye health. It gives your eyes the time to rest, repair and recover leaving you ready for the next day.
These are just a few of the ways that you can work to improve your eyesight. Remember that change doesn’t necessarily happen overnight, but if you work at it day after day, you will hopefully begin to see some results.
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