If there’s one thing that a lot of us take for granted, but all of us need, it would be our vision. As a matter of fact, most of us don’t even think about how vital our eyesight is to our daily lives until something starts appearing a little blurry for longer than we would like or we find ourselves having an eye infection and we need to go to the doctor to get it checked out. But, the reality is that caring for our vision is something that we should proactively monitor on a daily basis and there are some natural ways that we can do it.
Do you want some tips on how to naturally improve our vision? Here are five of our top recommendations below:
Eat right. A lot of us probably grew up hearing that if we ate carrots, it would improve our eyesight. That’s not an old wives’ tale. Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A and a lack of that particular vitamin has been directly linked to impaired vision. There are other foods that are good for your eyes as well including fish (which is great for dry eyes due to its Omega 3 content); green vegetables like spinach and kale (which protect the macula from having strain on the eyes); garlic and onions (the natural sulfur in them strengthens the lens) and even dark chocolate. Studies reveal that the cocoa in it contains flavonoids that increase the blood flow to the retina area.
Take your vitamins. We’ve already discussed what Vitamin A can do for your vision, but there are other vitamins that are beneficial too. Vitamin C has been known to support the prevention of cataracts, B-complex is great for strengthening the nervous system and Vitamin E is an effective source that helps to prevent people from experiencing neurological problems.
Exercise your eyes. One of the main reasons why we exercise any part of our bodies is so that we can keep them in shape. Our eyes should be no exception. There are some easy ones that you can do. One exercise consists of rotating your eyeballs. Simply close your eyes and rotate your eyeballs clockwise and then counterclockwise, 10-15 times for each direction. Another one that is good for tired eyes involves rubbing the palms of your hands together until the friction causes them to feel warm. Then cup each hand and place them over your eyes, making sure that no darkness gets through your fingers. Hold your hands in that position until you start to feel some of the warmth subside. Repeat this exercise a couple of times for maximum results.
Adjust your computer screen. If you’re starting to notice that you’re having a difficult time focusing on your computer monitor, you may think that you need to get some cheap prescription glasses, but consider doing this first. There are studies that cite that moving a computer screen just below eye level is an effective way to keep eye fluid flowing smoothly and the risk of experiencing dry eye down to a minimum. It couldn’t hurt to try it, right? Do this for about a week and see if your vision improves.
Go walking. Did you know that walking at least four times per week can lower the intraocular pressure in your body? When that happens, it also keeps you from being as vulnerable to developing glaucoma. So, after dinner, as you’re trying to determine if you should sit and watch television or walk for 30 minutes, just remember that you can enjoy your favorite shows a lot better when you can see the screen clearly. Set your DVR, take a quick stroll for you and your eyes’ sake and watch it when you get back!