You may think it sounds silly at first, but there may be ways in which you can improve your eyesight on your own. Some doctors believe exercises and other natural remedies can help patients avoid deterioration of their vision with age. It’s certainly a controversial topic, one with widely varying opinions. At this time, no research has proven such exercises to be viable alternatives to corrective lenses.
Still, it can’t hurt to try eye exercises to promote healthy eyesight.
Eye Exercise Tips
Try these exercises to make things easier on your eyes and perhaps even improve your vision:
- Blink often: Blinking causes our eyelids to spread tears across the surface of the eyes. This keeps them moist them and removes irritants. Did you know the average person blinks every three to four seconds? This equals 15 to 20 times a minute. But when you watch television or work on your computer for hours on end, you blink less often. Try to be conscious of how often you blink and improve that rate to keep them from getting dry or fatigued.
- Give your eyes a break: Switch up your activity for about 10 minutes out of every hour. Whether you’re reading or working on the computer, get up, stretch your legs, go get some water, make a phone call. This will give your eyes a chance to re-focus and take a break from such intense concentration.
- Eat eye-healthy foods: Look for antioxidants that have been known to preserve vision and reduce the risk of certain eye diseases. Those nutrients include:
- Lutein and zeaxanthin (green leafy vegetables and eggs)
- Vitamin C (citrus fruits and vegetables)
- Vitamin E (fortified cereals, nuts and sweet potatoes)
- Essential fatty acids (nuts, olive oil, eggs and fish)
- Zinc (seeds, spinach, beef, shrimp and beans)
- Don’t smoke: You already know smoking can harm your internal organs; well, it can also harm your eyes. In fact, smokers have double the risk for forming cataracts as compared with non-smokers. On top of that, they have triple the risk of age-related macular degeneration and twice the risk of dry eyes and uveitis. You could also double your chances of developing diabetes, later resulting in diabetic retinopathy.
- Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep affects many parts of your body, including your vision, contributing to or causing anything from eye strain and dry eyes to tunnel vision and double vision.
Ensure Healthy Eyesight
Yes, exercise activities could help your eye health, but what they can’t do is repair eye disease or conditions such as farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism. Those conditions involve the shape of the eye and the way in which it focuses light at the retina. Other ways to protect your eyes include wearing UV-protective sunglasses. Eating well and getting plenty of sleep can all help you improve your vision.
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