It seems most people over the age of 45 notice some change in eyesight. Have you found yourself moving the menu back and forth until you find just the right range of vision? Me too! Often called the windows to the soul, eyes also serve as windows to the outer world; filling our life with vibrant colors and visual stimuli. But, in this world of constant visual stimuli, our eyes can become overused and worn out. Unfortunately, we never seem to think about our eyes unless they begin giving us problems. To function properly, our eyes need rest, exercise and proper nutrition. Not all is lost; eyes respond so quickly to just a bit of simple care:
- Rest: The common cause of deteriorating eyesight is eyestrain. Without rest, the eyes become tired and cease functioning at optimal levels. Time in front of the computer, watching television, reading in poor or too bright of light, and stress can all cause eyestrain. Use good lighting when reading or doing handiwork.
- Exercise: Like all muscles in your body, the eye muscles can be strengthened with proper exercise, which improves circulation and muscle coordination. Just a few minutes of daily eye exercises and your eyes will feel and see significantly better. Here’s how…Start by moving your eyes to the right as far as you can, stretching the muscles. Pause. Roll your eyes slowly up to the center top. Toll them back as far as you can as if you’re trying to see into the top of your head. Pause. Continue slowly rolling your eyes to the left, stretching them as far as you can. Pause. Slowly roll your eyes down to the center, stretching the muscles downward. Finally move your eyes together, peering toward the tip of your nose. Repeat this four times, then reverse directions. Your eye muscles will feel relaxed and the tiny capillaries that surround the eyes will be filled with fresh, nourishing blood.
- Plant-Based Nourishment: A healthy diet filled with dark-green leafy veggies, fresh fruits, and high-quality protein will supply your eyes with most of the nutrients they need. However, when you are trying to improve your eye health, concentrate on foods that are particularly rich in vitamin A, protein, zinc, antioxidants, and lutein. Many yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, winter squashes, and apricots are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, the precursors to vitamin A and are particularly good for your eyes. Dark blue or red fruits such as bilberries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, and huckleberries tend to be rich in lutein and in antho-cyanosides, compounds that are especially beneficial to your eyes.
And, let’s not forget about sunlight. Direct sunlight is detrimental to your eye health; however, natural lighting nourishes the eyes. Try to expose your eyes to sunlight everyday. When dealing with the full glare of the sun wear dark tinted sunglasses, but only when necessary.
Like brushing your teeth, make these activities a part of your daily routine and your eyes will respond with a clear view of the future.