How to Improve Your Vision and Be Kinder to Your Eyes
Your eyesight is a treasured thing and poor vision can be a major drag on your quality of life. Our eyes do so much for us and we take them for granted. I would bet most people, myself included, do not give enough thought to properly caring for these precious organs.
Here are some tips to improve your vision, reduce eye strain and just take overall better care of your peepers.
Eat an Eye-Healthy Diet
Our diet is one of the foundations of good health and if you are interested in improving your eyesight, this is not something you want to overlook since it can weaken any other strategies you employ. Nutrients specifically linked to eye health include lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E , vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids.
Eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables in a range of colors will help you get all those vitamins and minerals—leafy greens, red, orange and yellow vegetables are particularly good choices since they happen to have the richest stores of many of those nutrients. As for omega-3 fatty acids, salmon and other oily fish are good choices as is plant-based sources such as walnuts, flax seed and hemp seed.
If you are awake, your eyes are working and like any other part of the body, they can get fatigued; this is especially true in cultures where we spend all day intently looking at computers, televisions, smart phones and other glowing rectangles. Doing eye exercises that help reduce fatigue will not only help you focus better on tasks at hand, it is good for your eyes. Here are a couple of eye exercises that may help. The first is called palming.
This simple exercise involves leaning forward and placing your elbows on your knees or desk and placing your hands over your face with the palms covering the eyes. Do not put too much pressure on the eyes—you want to make sure you can still freely blink. Do this for a couple of minutes.
Another exercise is near and far focusing, which will make the eye muscles stronger and improve vision overall. For about two to three minutes, alternate between focusing on your thumb, which you should place about 10 inches from you and another object that is about 10 to 20 feet from you.
If you are living in modern society, there is a good chance you are spending a lot of time on the computer, whether it is for work, pleasure or most people, both. The amount of time most of us spend in front of a computer screen is detrimental to our eye health, but taking certain precautions can reduce the strain on our vision. Positioning the computer so that you are eye level with the top of the monitor can reduce eye strain; position yourself in the chair so that your feet are flat on the ground.
This one may sound strange but it is something we can forget to do when we are staring intently at a computer—remember to blink to prevent dry eyes and to give your eyes little mini-breaks. Every 50 minutes or so, give your eyes a rest for 10 minutes.
Guest Author : Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing tips to help people be healthier and take better care of themselves. If you are in the market for new eyeglasses, check out rimless eyeglasses by Sillhouette.