Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Improve vision in 10 easy ways

Common eye diseases are age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye disease, are preventable to certain extent. The following steps can be easily applied in our daily lives to protect our peepers and improve our eyesight:-

1. Mix a cup of blueberries with a cup of yogurt for breakfast
Blueberries are one of the richest fruit forms of antioxidants. By eating these fruits, the chances to develop age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the leading cause of blindness in older people, will be reduced.

2. Have more carrots in our daily diet
Carrots are one of nature's top sources of vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight. Vitamin A maintains a healthy cornea and helps proper perception of light at the retina. And it can help us to prevent nyctalopia (night blindness) too. Carrots also contain a substance called beta carotene, which may help protect our eyes against cataracts and macular degeneration.

3. Have sweet potatoes for dinner
Since they are rich in vitamin A too, these sweet spuds can help improve our night vision.

4. Have spinach twice a week.
Spinach contains lutein, a nutrient that may prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Ideally, get lutein in combination with some form of fat (olive oil works great) for the best absorption.
5. Stop smoking
Smoking is not only contributing to serious illnesses such as lung cancer, but it also increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, and age-related macular degeneration.

6. Avoid car vents blowing directly to our eyes.
Dry, air-conditioned air will suck the moisture out of eyes like a sponge. Direct the vents in our car away from our eyes, or wear sunglasses as a shield. Dry eyes can be more than an inconvenience; serious dryness can lead to corneal abrasions and even blindness if left untreated.

7. Position our computer screen to just below eye level.
By lowering our computer screen below our eye level, our eyes will close slightly when we are staring at the computer, this will minimize fluid evaporation in eyes and the risk of dry eye syndrome.

8. Walk at least four times a week.
Regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure, or IOP, in people with glaucoma. Glaucoma patients who walked briskly four times per week for 40 minutes could lower their IOP enough so they could stop taking medication for their condition. It's also possible that walking could also reduce overall risk of developing glaucoma.
9. Do eye exercise – palming
Remember when we were playing hide and seek when we were a little kid? It was enough to cover the eyes with our palms and nobody was able to see us! Just do it exactly the same way as we did in our childhood - cup our eyes up with our hands and observe the darkness in front of our face. Make sure that we are not touching our eyelids with our palms.

10. Do eye massage
There are acupuncture points located around our eyes. If there is something wrong with our eyes, these points will become painful crying for help. If their screams are noticed well in advance then the illness can be prevented. By simply massaging these screaming dots, it is possible to restore the energy flow and therefore correct proper functioning of our eyes.

Below is the video showing a simple method of eye massage.
Eye massage video

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