It is unfortunate that when it comes to health, mainstream media often focuses on all the wrong things. While the awareness of dandruff is at its all-time high, the issue of vision is rarely (if ever brought up). This causes people to damage their eyesight in most trivial ways and all of this could be avoided if someone was just to point out the proper course of action. Because of this, here are five tips that can significantly improve your eyesight.
One of the first things you may want to change in order to improve your vision is your diet. Every child knows that carrots improve eyesight. Why? Well, because they are rich in beta-carotene which helps the retina perform better. Still, carrots are not the only vision boosting vegetables you could resort to. Leafy greens, eggs, berries and citrus are also great for the overall health of your eye. Some of them improve function, while others fight off diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. All in all, this is by far the easiest and probably the most effective method of improving your eyesight.
Maintain a Healthy Bodyweight
There is no doubt that obesity is one of the greatest plights of the 21st century. Seeing how it causes type 2 diabetes which can sometimes lead to a loss of sight, it is clear that it should be avoided at all costs. In order to achieve this, try to lead a more active lifestyle and eat healthier. Overall, this is more of a lifestyle change than a tip, but your eyesight is worth it.
Recent research connects smoking with macular degeneration, cataracts and even optic nerve damage. The greatest problem with this is that sometimes it takes years (even decades) for these changes to take place. Once it actually happens, people tend to be skeptical about the part that their unhealthy habits played in it and blame it all on genetics. Seeing how quitting smoking brings numerous other health benefits as well, it might be worth to try it out even if you don’t believe in its harmfulness for your eyesight.
Protect from UV Light
Unfortunately, not all dangers to your eyes come from the inside. Sometimes, the greatest danger will come from outside conditions like UV light in sunrays. During hot summer months, it would be impossible to protect your eyes without quality sunglasses. Needless to say, failure to do so can result in increased risk of pinguecula or even cataract. Seeing how easy it is to avoid this, there is no excuse to leave things up to chance.
Check Your Eyes Regularly
So far, it would seem as we dismissed the genetic factor in the development of eye issues, but this is not entirely true. Some people simply have a greater chance of developing vision related problems than others. If you are aware of your genetic predisposition, the safest course of action would be to take extra care when it comes to the abovementioned four factors and to check your eyes regularly with your optometrist. This way, if you ever need to change your corrective lenses you will get the information in time. Furthermore, you can rest assure that any issues will be detected in time.
Taking care of your vision should be one of the most important things you do. Sadly, the awareness about this topic is not at a satisfactory level and the results of this are usually catastrophic. Like so many times in life, it is every man for itself himself and it is up to you to do some research on this topic. Annoying as this may seem, keep in mind that the health of your eyes is more than worth it.