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Top Tips to Improve Your Eye Health

 

One of the most important parts of our body, our eyes should be the focus of lots of our care and attention.

These top tips will help to ensure they stay healthy.

1. Exercising your eyes

One easy tip is to make sure you exercise them, helping to maintain optimal vision as well as keeping those annoying floaters under control.  You can perform these exercises first thing, last thing or at any time that your eyes feel tired.  Make sure your hands are clean and your mood relaxed.

  • Warm your eyes by rubbing the palms of your hands together to create heat, placing your palms against the eyes for about five seconds.  Repeat three times for the best results. 
  • Roll the eyes by looking up and slowly circling the eyes clockwise ten times, and then again counter clockwise.
  • Concentrate by holding a pen at arm’s length and fixing your eyes on it.  Slowly bring the pen closer till the distance from the pen to your nose is about six inches. After that, slowly move it back while still keeping the eyes focused on the pen. Repeat this exercise ten times.
  • Massage the temples by using the thumb knuckles in small circles, going twenty times in one direction and then the same in the other direction.  Another exercise is to do the same action on the mid-point of the eyebrows on the forehead and then below the eyes on two sides.
  • Take a mini nap after reading or working on the computer by putting the head back, closing the eyes and staying relaxed for some three minutes.  Need more of a rest, then lie down and place cooling cucumber slices over the eyelids.
  • Blinking the eyes regularly will keep them fresh and avoid eyestrain.
  • Head nodding (as if you are nodding “yes” to someone) before looking up at the ceiling and down to the toes will help to strengthen the muscles in the neck, increase blood circulation to the head and eyes and reduce the a sagging chin. 

2. Splashing water

Getting into the habit every day of taking a quick trip to the washroom to wash the eyes thoroughly will help to relieve the eyes from excessive stress and strain.

3. Practice zooming exercise

It is important to sit comfortably before stretching out the arm with the thumb in a hitchhike position.  Bring the thumb closer to you and concentrate all the time until the thumb is three inches off the face. Now, start moving the thumb away again until the arm is totally outstretched. Keep repeating this routine for several seconds.

4. Take a walk in the early morning

Something that is great for your overall health in general - and your eyes in particular, helping them to become relaxed and fresh.  A good dose of morning sunlight is helpful too.

5. Improve peripheral vision

By looking straight ahead to keep the central vision concentrated on a spot around you.  While looking forward, try to notice things outside your view.  Repeat several times and see more of the world!  This can be extra helpful when driving, making you aware of other drivers. 

6. Quit smoking

If you are a smoker, giving up can be the best thing possible for your eye health.  Smoking restricts the blood vessel diameter, impeding blood flow to your eyes and reducing oxygen in the blood.  Macular degeneration is one of the conditions affecting your eyes which can be caused by smoking.

7. Protecting your eyes

Continuous strong sunlight exposure can damage the retina and lens of your eyes, even leading to the development of cataracts and degeneration of macular.  Glasses that filter UV light will help.  Protective eyewear should also be worn in the workplace where necessary.

8. Avoiding dry air

Dry and air-conditioned air can suck the moisture out of your eyes like a sponge, meaning serious dryness can lead to corneal abrasions, even blindness.

9.  High blood pressure

This should be checked regularly as if left unchecked, high blood pressure can damage the vessels in the eyes.

10. Follow the 20/20/20 rule

If you have to work at a computer screen most of the day, remember to practice the 20/20/20 rule giving eyes a break after every twenty minutes, every twenty seconds and look at words or something about twenty feet away. This rule allows the eyes to relax, refocus and prevent blurry vision, which may occur by looking at the computer screen too long.

11. Eat greens and eggs

Leafy green vegetables and eggs are rich in astaxanthin and lutein, those two powerful antioxidants that prevent macular degeneration and help treat retina damage.

12. Take supplements

There are various supplements helpful for good for eye health. These include vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B2, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids and selenium to take for better vision and overall health but top of the list has to be astaxanthin which supports our eye health being particularly helpful with such eye problems as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, strain and fatigue as well as being able to see the fine print and other details.

Obviously, you will be having regular eye exams to check your eye health but but something new to consider is having an OCT.  You have find out more about what is involved here