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How to Improve My Eye Sight

Updated on August 23, 2012
Healthy Eye Sight
Healthy Eye Sight

If you are amongst the millions of people that have to wear glasses or contact lenses to help you to see every day then I am sure you know how it feels when your optometrist say’s that you vision is getting worse and you will now need to increase or alter your prescription to enable you to see clearer and better. The common question posed at this point is ‘How can i improve my eye sight?’

Unfortunately the answer to this question is far more complex and you will not get one answer that fits all.

Eighty percent of your sensory input is provided by your eyes. Everyone wants to preserve their eye sight at any cost, because it has the potential to enormously impact the quality of your life, should you be unfortunate enough to lose it. In the interest of doing the best possible for your eye sight you accept the advice and increase your prescription and get some new glasses or contact lenses made to improve your eyesight fast. Having a pair of glasses or contact lenses made is the easiest and fastest way to improve your eyesight in the short term. Most likely over a period of time you will need a higher prescription to maintain your 20/20 or 6/6 vision.

What causes eye problems?

There are many causes to losing ones eye sight, however a couple of conditions commonly working to erode your eyesight are age-related macular degeneration which starts to effect people as they age, currently affecting millions of elderly people. The appearance of Cataracts is another cause of vision loss. As if that weren't enough, we now have vision degeneration or eye sight problems resulting from too much PC, TV, and DSi or other game console usage.

In some cases age related issues are natural and can not be reversed, optometrist still believe that progression to these age related conditions is inevitable, and they will not intervene until you start exhibiting symptoms. This type of reactive treatment can lead to you losing you eye sight. The alternative is to focus on prevention strategies, from maintaining adequate nutrition levels in your food intake to lifestyle choices all this can help you to keep your eyesight healthy.

Here are 2 areas you can focus on to help promote a lifetime of good eye health:

Let’s start of this list with the most abundant in supply and natural of things that we do which is eating foods that help towards improving your eye sight.

Foods that improve eye sight

Vitamins play a vital role in maintaining good eye health so you must make sure that you maintain an adequate level in diet. Vitamins A, B, C and E like other areas of your body play an important role. You can get plenty of these vitamins by eating healthy foods or by topping your food intake with multivitamin supplements. Scientific studies have shown that a good way to get your RDA of vitamin C, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3) is with a healthy diet. The usual 5-a-day fruits, vegetables and whole grains should be the starting point. For vitamin E, consider supplementing it with food-based multivitamins.

Glutathione is an eye-supportive antioxidant. It's found in sulphur-containing foods like onions, garlic, avocados, vegetables (broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, and cabbage), asparagus, and watermelon.

Lutein and zeaxanthin type of antioxidants found in leafy green vegetables and egg yolks. these two antioxidants are in high amounts in the retina and lens.

Taurine is an amino acid which can be found in the retina and is known to protect the eye from toxins. Because it's the only one that circulates freely on its own through your bloodstream and tissues.

Important for eye health are Zinc, magnesium, and selenium. The retina has some of the highest concentrations of zinc found in the body. To get your supply of Zinc eat meat, poultry, and fish and other types of seafood. Magnesium, is found in green vegetables and nuts. Selenium is found in whole grains, shellfish, and Brazil nuts. You can also buy supplements from high street vitamin stores or pharmacies.

Improving eye sight exercises

Exercise 1: If you think about the way your muscles work in your body, then you probably understand that the less exercise they get, the worse off you are in terms of health and physical ability. The same thing goes for your eyes. There are specific exercises you can do, that may help you to improve your eye sight.

Use the 20/20/20 exercise. Every twenty minutes, focus on an object that's at least twenty feet away, for twenty seconds. Over a period of time doing this exercise you'll notice improvement in your vision.

Put your thumb 5 inches away from your face and focus on it, after 5 seconds focus on something behind it. Do this for about 10 times and whenever you have time. Make sure if you use a computer for your day job that you take regular breaks and practice this eye exercise.

Exercise 2: In this eye exercise close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds. Open them for 3-5 seconds. Then repeat 7 or 8 times. This exercise should help in you maintaining the natural balance of moisture within your eyes a very important element in keeping them healthy.

Exercise 3: At arm's length hold a pen, pencil or something similar in front of you. Move your arm slowly to your nose focusing on the pen. Follow the pen or pencil with your eyes until you can't keep it in focus. Repeat this process 5-10 times. Doing this exercise will train your eye muscles and doing it regularly overtime should improve your eye sight.

In this hub I have only covered two of the topics that may help in improving your eye sight, as with all health issues there are many remedies to improve your eye sight, some very simple and easy while others complex and rather costly. I wear glasses and find the above two methods most useful in maintaining good eye health, you may also benefit by adopting these helpful eye sight improvement tips.

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