Instead of taking your eyes for granted, let’s take a look at 10 of the scientifically-proven ways to improve the vision of your eyes. If you are dependent upon glasses because of your blurry vision, the following tips may help you improve your vision on several levels.
You may really know that omega-3 acids are helpful to improve your brain and heart health. Did you know they can also reduce the chances of eye disease? As per a study published in Archives of Ophthalmology 2011 edition, women who consumed dark fish meat (such as salmon, mackerel, bluefish, sardines, and swordfish) and canned tuna only once in a week, had around 42% less risk for developing AMD than the ones who consumed fish only once in a week. Fish oil supplements and fish oils are full of antioxidants which can prevent free radical damages which may also lead to AMD. Another reason to go with seafood is that it increases your consumption of Omega 3s which is also healthy for your heart and brain. Eat fatty fish of around 5 to 6 4-Oz servings weekly.
Have a Break, Have a Blink
In daily life, we used to blink around 15 to 20 times in a minute. But this rate cuts by half when we read text on screens. As upper eyelid spreads tears on the cornea or front of eye, like a windshield wiper, blinking is very important. Lack of blinking can cause cornea to dry out and get irritated. So, it is wise to work on 20-20-20 formula when you work on your PC or laptop. After working for 20 minutes, look 20 ft. away for at least 20 seconds and blink well and take 20 seconds to relax your eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes, use a laptop, not desktop. When you look down, less area of eye surface will be exposed to the laptop screen and you will suffer less from tear evaporation and your eyes can stay wet. If you need to work on a desktop, tilt your screen at least 4 inches below eye level or raise your chair, from the center of screen. This way, you will not be looking straight ahead.
Keep Screens Far from You
These days, screens have been flourished beyond desktops and laptops. Today, there are tablets, Smartphone, MP3 players and e-readers. These are the screens we always encounter at train and subway stations, airports, theatres, and any sporting events. The glare and contrast of your device screen can cause eyestrain and computer vision syndrome, after prolonged use. Some of the common symptoms may be blurred vision, headaches, neck pain, red or dry eyes, double vision, fatigue and problem in refocusing.
According to the experts, you should keep your eyes at arm’s length from the screen and around 16’ from the device. If you are having problem reading text from that distance, enhance the font size. You may use antiglare filter on your desktop PC.
Exposure to UV rays can deteriorate your vision over time and it causes cataracts, ARMD or AMD, and cancerous and noncancerous growths on the surface of eyes, surrounding skin and eyelids. According to the American Optometric Association, you should wear shades which can block around 99% of UVA/UVB radiation and screen off at least 75% to 90% of visible light. You need to choose sunglasses with ANSI sticker that proves that they are designed to meet the standards of American National Standards Institute. If you spend most of your time outdoors, it is wise to buy sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce glare.
Have Some Greens
Carrots are known as the go-to veggies to improve eyesight. Vitamin A is a key nutrient which can improve vision. Zeaxanthin and lutein are the star nutrients which are found in foods like leafy greens, zucchini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peas. According to the researchers, leafy greens can improve vision by controlling the effects of exposure and glare to bright light as they absorb some lights.
Get Some Relaxing Brew
You may like to swap the relaxing cup of coffee for healthy green tea. Not just it is hydrating (which produces tears), but brew also has catechins that are one of several antioxidants like Vitamin E, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and lutein, that can protect your eye tissues against cataracts and AMD. Catachins can be absorbed in huge amount by the retinal tissues which detect light.
Be Careful while Doing Makeup
Bacteria can grow in mascara. So, throw the tube away after 3 months of use. Sharpen your eye liner pencils every day. Line the base of lashes but don’t put liner within the lash line because it can clog oil glands which are responsible to protect the surface of your eyes.
Use Contact Lenses with Care
Hundreds of bacteria enter into your eyes direct from your mouth that can cause serious infection. So, store your lenses always in fresh solution. Remove lenses even before sleep and wear glasses at least once in a week to give a break to your eyes. Wash your hands before using contacts and their case. Replace contacts properly according to prescription.
Wear Safety Goggles
When it comes to use power tools, be sure to use safety goggles or glasses properly. Wear them while doing things like basic home repairs like sanding, sawing, drilling, painting and nailing; yard work; and various cleaning jobs like cleaning oven etc. Chemicals which are harsh enough to clean your appliances can damage your eyes when they come into contact.
Consult the Doctor
Even though you are not one of those who need proper eyewear, it is recommended for all adults to get a complete eye test by the age of 40 years. Go for eye exams every year or as recommended. If you have symptoms like persistent pain behind or inside your eyes, gradual vision loss or redness, you need to go immediately. If you have diabetes or any family history of glaucoma, you should start earlier.