Everyone knows how important their eyes are and if you don’t, try walking around without them sometime. But in the big scheme of things eye health tends to get neglected. Everyone worries, about their weight, their fitness levels, their teeth, but how many people take any positive action to ensure that their eyes stay healthy?
Macular degeneration, cataracts and blurry “computer” vision are amongst many eye problems that are commonly experienced. So if you want to ensure that your eyes are good for years to come you are in the right place, this is The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Eyes.
So many people spend hours at the computer everyday, but do you give your eyes a break? Let me tell you about the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes you should look away from the screen for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a chance to relax, refocus and avoid the blurry “computer” vision that we mentioned earlier.
Eat right for your eyes. Few of you will be surprised to know that the food which is considered healthy for the rest of us is also good for our eyes, but here is why.
1) Omega 3 Fish Oil. You should get plenty of this, because it is good for your heart it is also good for your vision, as good circulation is very important for the eyes.
2) Vitamin Supplements. The ones that are important for eye health are vitamins A, B2, C, and E. You should ensure that you get plenty of the minerals Zinc and Selenium. Selenium is found in nuts, cereals, meat, mushrooms, fish, and eggs. Zinc comes from oysters, lobster and red meats, especially beef, lamb and liver.
3) Leafy green vegetables. Spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and Asian greens will help you avoid macular degeneration. The “macula” is an area at the back of your eye which enables you to see fine detail. When the macula doesn’t work you will experience blurriness or darkness in the centre of your vision.
4) Apricots and Blueberries. Both reduce eye fatigue. The beta carotene and lycopene in them promotes good vision.
5) Bilberries – Are believed to improve night vision, although the jury is still out on that one, with conflicting results in tests. However studies do seem to agree that bilberry consumption may inhibit or reverse eye disorders such as macular degeneration. Bilberries are widely available as a supplement.
6) Tea. It is believed that drinking tea can help avoid cataracts. Once again it is the improved circulation that comes with tea that benefits the eyes.
Cool and Refresh your eyes
1) You can cool and refresh your eyes with a simple relaxing routine. Simply cut two slices of cucumber and place them over your closed eyes. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes. Combine this with a little meditation and your whole body will be relaxed.
2) Keep your eyes hydrated. Simple saline eye drops will help soothe and lubricate your eyes.
Finally Look Cool and Refresh your eyes. Yes there is a reason all those Hollywood types are always seen in fashionable sun glasses. The UVA and UVB rays of the sun can cause cataracts. So always wear UV filtering sunglasses when in bright sunlight and never look directly at the sun.
Here’s a good tip to use if you are ever caught without your reading glasses. I tried it and found that it only works when you bring the small hole that you have created with your hand up very close to your eye, so that everything but the words/object that you want to focus on is excluded.