Sight for Sore Eyes – Improve your eyesight with healthy vision habits

Our eyes, like every other part of the body, will function better or worse, depending on how we use them. Normal treatment for poor sight is the prescription of eyeglasses, which temporarily correct our vision, but do not alter the reasons for the deterioration in the first place. Whether you need glasses or not, just learning a few techniques can improve our eyes and help them function better.

At Work Our eyes function at optimum levels when they are relaxed and moving, and strain while fixed on one object. If you spend hours in front of a computer, make sure you maintain good posture to allow circulation to your neck and head. Your computer screen should be two feet away from you and just below your natural line of sight. Take a 30 second break every 15 minutes, and a longer one every hour. During rest, close your eyes or blink often and change focal points from near to far.

Electronic equipment can cause dehydration, which constricts the vascular system and reduces circulation, so make sure to drink lots of water throughout your day. At Play Watching moving objects is an excellent way to relax your eyes. If you’re taking a walk outside, explore all distances to give your eyes and mind the opportunity to change focus.

When playing with your kids, toss a ball back and forth trying to keep your eye focused on the moving object. Eating Avoid reading or watching television while eating. Good digestion is important for healthy vision.

Eat a diet of 80% high-density water-content foods, (fresh fruits and vegetables) and 20% concentrated foods (meat, grains, cheese, legumes etc). Reduce or eliminate caffeine and sugars which contribute to dehydration.

Chow Down See Better

  • Avocados contain lutein and carotene that fight eye diseases.
  • Eggs Nutrients in the yolk reduce the risk of cataracts.
  • Dha-rich Salmon provides structural support to cell membranes in eyes.
  • Garlic, onions, capers and shallots produce glutathione antioxidants that benefits the lens of the eye.
  • Spinach, cabbage and broccoli, rich in carotenoids, prevent cell degeneration of the eyes.
  • Carrots, squash, pumpkins and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and vitamin A, necessary for preventing cellular and tissue damage.
  • Dark chocolate and red wine contain flavonoids, which protect blood vessels in eyes and help improve vision.
  • Bilberries contain anthocyanosides which improve blood supply to the eye.

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It only takes 30 seconds out of your day, but taking time to do the Amsler Grid self-test for eye disease at home could prevent you from suddenly losing your sight. Go to cnib.ca to learn more and download a free copy of the grid. TIP Studies show eating oily fish (like salmon) at least once a week reduces your risk of developing NV-AMD by 50%

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