Top tips on how to take care of your eyes the natural way

Even if you are lucky enough to have perfect vision, taking care of your eyes and protecting them against injury or infection is important. Natural care for the eyes is not exclusive to holistic methods of medicine, but rather there are daily and annual routines that you should adopt to take better care of your eyes.

The eyes form the most important part of our body. They are the eyes through which we view the world around us. Either way, there is no question that we place great value on our eyes and our vision. Surveys have shown that of the five senses, sight is the one that people fear losing the most.

Given the important function the eyes perform, many people strive to give them the best care possible, but sometimes we get too busy or we forget to do a few simple things that can keep our eyes healthy. :

The continued need for eye care, especially to children who suffer most from vision problems is greater than ever.

Most people live for years with undetected sight problems and the consequences can be devastating. Those with undetected vision problems who do not lose their sight often suffer irreversible damage. Some eye illnesses such as glaucoma or cataract can be avoided or at least delayed.

Many people wonder if they can improve their eyesight naturally, without laser surgery or invasive treatments. Although natural eyesight improvement is still being researched, there are some areas that showed success in natural eye disease treatment. And with proper lifestyle, eye vision and eye health can be preserved.

Good nutrition is important to keep your eyes healthy and functioning their best throughout your lifetime. One of the ways to improve eyesight naturally is to take enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some are more important than others, so it plays a big role which food we eat. Some foods are proven to help us see better and have better vision.

Vitamin A is one of the most important antioxidants needed for healthy eyes. It is needed by the retina of the eye and is absolutely necessary for colour vision. It is found in foods such as carrots, which have more vitamin A than any other plant. Eating one raw carrot will provide you with more than your required daily value of Vitamin A.

Along with Vitamin A, Vitamins C and E are more beneficial antioxidants for healthy eyes. Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and broccoli are rich in lutein and vitamin C. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, as well as strawberries contain lots of vitamin C while orange and yellow fruits like melons, peaches, apricots, papayas and mangos are rich in lutein.

Lutein is an important natural antioxidant that may help your eyes stay healthy. It is thought to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage. Many herbs contain lots of lutein which is not widely known. This is why it is recommended to use herbs and spices such as parsley, garlic, curry as a part of healthy cooking.

It is also recommended that one has his or her eyes checked at least every two years or even more frequently if you have a family history of eye problems such as glaucoma or early cataracts.

SOME TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES

  1. Avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 19 hours. This can cause permanent sight damage as well as extreme discomfort to your eyes. Do not wear glasses too long either. Never sleep with your contact lenses in unless specifically instructed to do so by a specialist. Your eyes need regular supplies of oxygen, and lenses block the flow of oxygen to the eyes, especially during sleep hence doctors recommend a normal break for your eyes during the night.
  2. Use allergen-reducing eye drops sparingly. Using an allergen-reducing eye drop during allergy season to soothe itchiness may help on a limited basis, but chronic daily use can actually make the problem worse. It works by constricting blood flow to the cornea, thereby depriving it of oxygen. So while your eyes do not feel inflamed and itchy anymore, they are actually not getting any oxygen from the blood.
  3. Use cucumber on your eyelids. Press cold cucumber slices gently against eyelids 10 minutes before going to sleep at night to prevent puffiness. Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, which prevent water retention.
  4. Wear ultraviolet (UV) protective sunglasses. Get polarized lenses, NOT just darker lenses. The lenses that only make the world darker will just make your pupils dilate and won’t stop the UV rays. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can harm your eyesight hence protection in youth can help prevent loss of eyesight in later years.
  5. Try not to spend so much time looking at your T.V or computer screen. While science has not yet proven that looking at computer screens causes permanent eye damage, it may cause eye strain and dry eyes. People blink less when they are looking at a screen, causing drier eyes. Make a conscious effort to blink every 30 seconds when you’re sitting down and looking at your computer screen to combat dry eyes
  6. Wear goggles when appropriate. Be sure to wear goggles or other eye-protective wear when working with chemicals or any place with harmful airborne particulates. This minimizes the transmission of harmful particulate matter into the eye region.
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