Our eyes are overused and underappreciated. Computer screens, televisions, and cell phones can all lead to eye fatigue and age-related problems. Your eyes stay with us from birth to death unless there is an early loss of the eyes. Unlike bones nerves or our organs, eyes can not be mended or replaced with full function. Certainly an eye can be replaced with glass but site does not return, it is only for looks. Taking care of our eyes isn’t difficult with these three quick and easy tips that can help protect your vision well into old age.
Foods & Vitamins That Feed Your Eyes
Your eyes require several important nutrients to function optimally. These include vitamin A, C, E and ZINC which can be supplied by foods or through nutrtional suppliments (vitamins in tablet or capsule form). But I suggest getting your vitamins in the most efficient way, through your food. Foods that help your eye site can be determined by their color.
Yellow or orange fruits and vegetables can provide these nutrients when consumed with foods containing fat (this incudes several nuts, avocado, fatty fish and more). Garlic, onions, grapes, blueberries and other berries are also superfoods for the eyes. From the nutritional supplements point of view there are several natural nutrients; Ask your doctor.
Exercise for Your Eyes
Just as your body needs exercise to stay in top shape, so do your eyes. Daily exercises can help prevent those annoying ‘floaters and eye fatigue. These exercises are highly effective therefore it requires care not to claim any miracles however it does not hurt to maintain eye health with these simple exercise, and you may even feel immediate relief while releasing tension in your eyes with these.
• Once your eyes are warm and awake, start by rolling your eyes in a clockwise direction 10 times and then repeat in a counterclockwise direction.
• Focus on a pen or pencil that is held at an arms-length away from your eyes. Slowly bring it toward your nose until it’s about 6” away. Then move it slowly back, never taking your focus off the object. Repeat 10 times.
• Massage your temples in small circles, 20 times in one direction followed by 20 times in the other direction. You can also do a short massage in the center of the head, between the eyebrows and underneath each eye on either side of the bridge of your nose.
• And it goes without saying that if your eyes are tired, give them a quick nap. Sometimes just closing your eyes for 3 minutes can help them feel refreshed and ready to go.
I highly recommend substituting the time spent in the morning looking through your cell phone first thing in the morning with doing these exercise first thing in the morning instead.
If you have any concerns or need help implementing the this advice feel free to reach out to me, Dr. T!
TO YOUR HEALTH!