Often, the fear of a medical disease is a motivating factor for us to break out of our old patterns and start taking care of our eyes. Why should we wait for a medical scare? You must form an intention to make changes in your life to improve your sight and your total body health. To begin with, follow these top 9 eye care tips to improve your eyesight naturally.
Ways To Improve Eyesight Naturally
1. Having proper nutrition: Begin by cleaning the fridge. If there are no trans-fat loaded cookies in the fridge, it will be much easier forgoing them. A balanced diet should compose appropriate amounts of natural meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy and eggs, fish, soy products and water. Avoid refined, packaged foods containing white sugar and white flour. As said by renowned ophthalmologist Robert Abel, you’re making deposits in your antioxidant bank account. If you’re not putting in enough nutrients, you are debiting your account all the time. Your diet should consist of adequate amounts of-
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B complex
- B12 Sublingual
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Selenium, Chromium, Magnesium
- Multivitamin with taurine and cysteine
- Bilberry and other bioflavonoids
- Lutein, Zeaxanthin
- Omega 3 fatty acids
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3. Drinking enough water: In Traditional Chinese medicine, all organs are interrelated; they influence and are influenced by every other organ. Since visual function depends on nourishment from the essence of all of the other organs, there is a close relationship between your overall health and the health of the eyes. Hence, drink your eight glasses every day. Make sure it’s healthful water, either spring, bottled or filtered. Without adequate water intake, your eyes may not be able to clear out debris, blink comfortably or avoid straining. Drinking water is essentially important for those facing symptoms of dry eye.
4. Supplementation– Although good health must be built on the foundation of proper nutrition, supplements can be used as extra insurance. Supplement wisely and remember that supplements, drugs, and herbs work in more than one area in your body. Reevaluate any supplement you add to your regular regime after 100 days to see if it is helping you. Seek out a knowledgeable practitioner to advise you (an alternative physician or a herbal practitioner) and do your own research.
5. Acupressure- Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese medical practice of inserting needles into the skin at certain points of the body to improve, rebalance or redirect qi (or the energy flow). Besides relieving pain, acupressure and acupuncture can help the immune system fight off invaders and dissolve the tension and stress that can keep you from functioning smoothly. Acupressure is very beneficial for eye diseases and can be done without any cost.
6. Emotional Health- Most holistic physicians these days believe in an emotional basis for illness. Emotions can cause the release of chemicals in our brains that have receptors throughout our bodies. How are emotions related to the eyes? Research into why we cry is beginning to suggest that crying isn’t just an emotional release, but that it also promotes physical health, apart from having many significant benefits to the eyes through lubrication, killing bacteria, removing toxins etc.
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7. Sleep- Nearly one-third of Americans battle insomnia periodically. The disruption of a good night’s sleep or the inability to fall asleep (also called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA) could lead to a host of eye disorders including retinal vein occlusion, ischemic optic neuropathy, retinal artery occlusion, worsened glaucoma, keratoconus, dry eyes etc. Exercising regularly will help you sleep better. Sleep is not only a refuge from light and a long day but gives the liver the time to send nutrition to the eye when the gut and body are not as busy.
8. Cucumber for eye health– Cucumber acts as a vital skin cleanser. The ascorbic acid in cucumbers is beneficial for puffiness and swelling around the region of eyes. It also acts as a cooling agent and relaxes the eyesight, reducing eye fatigue and eye strain. Moreover, they are rich in Vitamin E and potassium and can act as a treatment for wrinkles or fine lines across the eyes.
9. Avoid Excessive Smartphone Use:- Using your smartphone all the time can damage your eyes. Staring at the bright screen for long periods, especially in the night can weaken your eyesight. Always take a break, reduce the screen brightness , and reduce the amount of time you spend staring in your smartphone.
Thus, taking care of your eyes and protecting them from injury is in your hands. Treat allergies early, using food, supplements, and appropriate eyedrops. Knowing the warning signs of an eye emergency – red eye, unrelenting pain, blurred vision, etc. might prove to be very beneficial. Call an ophthalmologist, if you have any symptoms of an eye emergency. Natural eye care is more of a means than an end.
Dr. Babak Shabatian, MD, is an ophthalmologist and founder and director of Cali Eye and Laser Institute. He has performed thousands of procedures with excellent and predictable results. He is frequently invited to lecture on topics of refractive and advance cataract surgery.