If you hate wearing glasses, you've probably wondered how you can improve your eyesight naturally.
The internet is flooded with suspicious advice to "fix" your eyes, including eye exercises, eye massages, and special juice blends.
Experts say that most of these programs don't work at all, but plenty of people fall for them.
The fact is nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataracts, and macular degeneration (age-related damage) can't be cured naturally.
But you can treat the blurry vision from day-to-day eye strain. Here's how:
1. Butt Out
These days everyone knows the health risks of smoking, but most people overlook the damage cigarettes do to your eyes.
Nicotine leeches oxygen from your bloodstream, and that reduced blood flow damages your eyes along with other organs.
In fact, smoking doubles your odds of developing cataracts, and triples your likelihood of suffering eye degeneration.
There are unique risks to smoking too: uveitis is a smoking-related eye disease that could leave you blind.
To top it all off, smoking causes chronic dry eyes, which is a seriously irritating condition.
2. The "See Food" Diet
Just like the rest of your body, your eyes depend on certain vitamins and nutrients. Eat smart, and your eyes will stay strong and healthy.
You'll need to eat foods rich in zinc, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E.
These nutrients fight cataracts and keep your eyes from degenerating as they age.
Add these foods to your shopping list for healthy eyes:
- Fish are rich in omega-3 acids. You can take fish oil supplements daily, if you'd rather.
- Legumes are vegetables like beans, certain types of peas, and lentils. They're chock-full of eye-strengthening zinc.
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale are full of lutein, which prevents cataracts and eye degeneration. They're also full of iron, which does the same thing.
- Eggs are also full of lutein, as well as vitamin A, which keeps your eyes from drying out.
3. Fight Screen Strain
Remember when your parents used to nag you not to sit so close to the TV?
We spend more time staring at glowing screens than ever these days, including cell phones and computers.
While the effect is temporary, eyestrain from screens can leave you with blurry vision, dry eyes, trouble focusing, and even headaches.
Luckily, eye doctors have helpful tips to protect your eyes:
- During the workday, relax your eyes with the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Turn off overhead lights. Glare on your computer screen is just as damaging as the bright screen itself.
- Use products like artificial tears to keep your eyes from drying out.
- Finally, adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen so it's less harsh on your eyes.
Here's a parting tip for all of you: invest in a good pair of sunglasses.
The UV damage to your eyes really adds up over the decades, and a pair of sun-blockers will save you trouble in the long run.
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