Your eyes are two of the most cherished parts of your body. Unfortunately, many people do not realize this until their eyesight starts to weaken. While there are some genetic conditions that contribute to vision loss, most weakened eyesight is the result of lifestyle factors. When your eyesight starts to weaken, there are things you can do to improve it naturally.
Wear Pinhole Glasses
Pinhole glasses are made of plastic, and the lenses are full of small holes. These glasses are designed to reduce everyday stress and strain on the eyes and improve the focus of objects. Over time, wearing pinhole glasses may strengthen the eyes and improve your vision.
Use the Palming Technique
Palming is an eye exercise that requires you to close your eyes and rest them against the palm of your hand. When you are doing this technique, you should be able to blink comfortably while your eyes are against your hands.
Practice Near and Far Focusing
Near and far focusing requires you to put your thumb 10 inches in front of your face and focus on it. Next, focus on something else that is 10 to 20 feet in front of you. Alternate between focusing on your thumb and the object that is 10 to 20 feet in front of you.
Wind, air, and contaminants can dry your eyes out and cause corneal abrasions. Frequent blinking keeps your eyes moisturized and helps wash away foreign debris.
Take Computer Breaks
Staring at a computer for prolonged periods of time can strain your eyes and ruin your sight. When you are working on a computer, take breaks every 30 to 45 minutes to give your eyes time to relax.
Eat Antioxidant-rich Berries
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and other berries are rich in antioxidants. This substance helps reduce the destructive effect of free radicals in the body. Studies show that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants have a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Eat Lutein-rich Green Vegetables
Make spinach, kale, and other green vegetables a regular part of your diet. Leafy greens contain a substance called lutein. The area of the eye that is responsible for central vision contains a natural concentration of this nutrient. Eating foods rich in lutein helps reduce the risk of eye diseases.
Eat Fish That is High in Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids help protect the small blood vessels in the eyes. Fish that contain high levels of Omega-3 include mackerel, salmon, and pilchards. Fish also contains vitamins A and D and can help produce protective pigments in the eyes.
Exercise for Stress Relief
Stress can take a toll on the muscles in your eyes. Learning to manage stress is vital to improving your vision. One simple thing you can do to reduce stress is to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.