Eyes are a very delicate yet much needed part of the body. It is very easy to destroy or compromise your eyesight by simply being careless about eye strain and good healthy eye habits. If you are looking for clearer vision, but don’t want to use corrective lenses or surgery, this article will teach you how to improve your eyesight.
Learn about how vision works. This way, you can understand what you are doing when you are retraining your vision. Improving your vision is a matter of changing the habitual way you see and use your eyes.
Get an eye chart. Place it on the wall so you can measure your progress. You can usually find one online.
Drink plenty of water. The average human body is made up of about 60% water, sometimes more. If your eyes are often dry, tired and blurry, try increasing your water intake. In addition, drinking plenty of water is important for your whole body.
Eat foods that promote eye health. Just like the rest of the body, the eyes need good nutrition to function well. Carrots, kale, blueberries, apricots, and other foods rich in beta carotene are all good for your eyes. Stay away from junk food. While you probably can’t change your vision with diet alone, you can make sure your eyes have all the nutrients they need. Try to incorporate these foods into your meals:
- A vitamin supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E.
- Leafy greens (such as chard, kale, collards and spinach) are great, as well as carrots.
- Citrus fruits and juices (such as oranges and lemons) are also good for your body.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish like salmon and tuna) are great for your body.
- Non-meat protein sources (like beans, bananas and nuts).
Take amino acids. Amino acids, especially Taurine, are essential for eye health. Amino acids protect your eyes from the free radicals that can cause damage over time – they keep eye tissue healthy and prevent eye deterioration.
Maintain moisture. Maintaining the natural balance of moisture within your eyes is one of the most important things you can do to keep them healthy. Dry eyes can be itchy, red and even painful. Try to blink frequently, even when you are focused on watching TV or working on your computer.
Do relaxation exercises. Place your hands together palm to palm and rub them together briskly creating heat. Place them over your eyes and let your eyes relax. Imagine a relaxing place. Do not let light in. Do this whenever you have time during the day, especially when you’re sitting at the computer.
- Use alternating hot and cold compresses on your eyes daily to help relax them.
Take regular breaks. If your eyes must focus on a task for long periods of time, take regular breaks. Taking a ten minute break every hour can help prevent eye strain and give your eyes a chance to heal themselves.
Lower the brightness level of your computer screen. Lowering the brightness level of your computer’s monitor can help your eyes to relax. Don’t lower it so much that you have trouble seeing, and avoid positioning your monitor so there are reflections.
Protect your eyes from UV rays. Wear good quality sunglasses that provide UV protection, and your eyes will thank you. Amazingly enough, you can gain eyesight improvement, and look great – all at the same time!
Increase eye flexibility. If you have ever undertaken an exercise program or played a sport, then you know that flexibility is important. If you don’t stretch, or if you use the same muscles over and over again without moving opposite muscle groups, you lose flexibility. If you have a job that requires you to spend long hours looking at a screen, be sure you focus on different objects periodically; try not to keep your eyes in the same position for too long.
Exercise your eyes. If you think about the way your muscles work, then you probably understand that the less exercise they get, the worse off you are. The same thing goes for your eyes. There are specific exercises you can do, that may be able to help you see better.
- Use the 20/20/20 exercise. Every twenty minutes, focus on an object that’s at least twenty feet away, for twenty seconds. You’ll be surprised at how much better your eyes feel.
- Put your thumb five inches away from your face and focus on it, after five seconds focus on something behind it. Do this for about ten times and whenever you have time.
Get some sleep. You might have noticed that when you go for long periods of time without adequate sleep, you feel tired and head-achy. You also may have noticed that your vision seems blurry and that it almost hurts to keep your eyes open. Sleep is important for all your bodily functions, and getting adequate rest can assist in eyesight improvement since sleep allows overworked eye muscles to relax completely.
Reduce eye strain. Like any other muscle, the muscles around your eyes can start to feel fatigued and painful if you strain them too much.
Reduce stress. Every one of the body’s systems reacts to stress differently. The eyes are put under constant strain and stress – the more TV you watch, the more you stare at a computer screen, and the more you play games on your smartphone, the more stress you put on your eyes. Make an effort to use natural light, and take time away from your gadgets. You might be surprised to find that you see and feel better as a result.
Give up smoking. Smoking can lead to macular degeneration later in life, as well as cataracts. Find a support group to help you quit, or enlist the help of a psychiatrist who applies medical treatments to addiction.
- Thoroughly research nutritional products to enhance you overall health and support the vision process.
- Wash your eyes with water three or four times a day.
- If your eyesight can’t improve, the right choice is go to the eye doctor. If you really have a problem with your eyesight, there’s no choice but to get glasses.
- If you are up all night and feel any irritation in your eyes, then take rest. Put some freshly cut cucumber slices on your eyes.
- Try to avoid watching TV or using the computer in the dark.
- Remember that your eyesight will not increase by leaps and bounds. The improvement will be slow but steady.
- Take the time to become aware of how you use your eyes to see.