How to Protect Your Vision Naturally
Think back to some of the most wonderful, sights of your life. Is it the first time you laid eyes on your child? The shimmer of the sun on the ocean during a summer evening? Perhaps the outline of your home town coming into view after a long time away.
It’s memories such as these that should motivate you to look after your eyes and to help you find simple, inexpensive ways in which you can protect this precious sense of yours.
The Latest News
The latest news on natural health care for the eyes is that the right nutrients or wearing moist disposable contacts that prevent the dryness of the eyes, can have real benefits for those of us moving into our later years but the truth, of course, is that there are steps you can take at any time to keep yourself ‘looking good’ – and the sooner you begin the better.
Keep Yourself in the Picture
Here are the top ten ways of protecting your vision naturally:
- Lutein – A naturally occurring nutrient found most abundantly in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, as well as egg yolks, lutein is one of the best-studied compounds in relation to good eye health. Lutein works by protecting a certain eye part known as the macula from the damaging of aging, smoking, and sunlight. Experts recommend taking doses in the region of 10-15mg daily.
- Zeaxanthin – Considered lutein’s sister compound, zeaxanthin is found in high quantities in collard greens, Brussels sprouts, and swiss chards. Both nutrients work in a similar way and, along with including these foods in your diet, researchers suggest supplementing 3 or 4mg of zeaxanthin daily.
- Meso-zeaxanthin – The final piece of the macula, meso-zeaxanthin so can only be taken in supplements in doses of around 3mg each day.
- Co-enzyme Q10 – This is one of the most important nutrients for energy production in the body, and is useful in helping protect the eyes from damaging free radicals.
- Bilberry – The eye-protecting properties of this versatile fruit were first discovered during the Second World War when air force pilots took it to improve their night vision. Research since has shown it to be particularly useful for preventing and improving diabetic retinopathy in doses of 30-60mg each day.
- Blueberry – In June 2009 was conducted a study, which results presented that people who were drinking a glass of juice of blueberries each day were recovering far more quickly from damages form the light.
- Bates Method – This is an alternative eye therapy based on the understanding that most vision problems are caused by the tension of the muscles surrounding the eyeball. Treatment involves a series of visualization and movement techniques intended to remove eye strain and restore sight. You can learn more at www.seeing.org
- Smoking – Smoking habits are causing catastrophic effects on the eyes, including retinopathy, inflammation, dry eye, optic nerve damage, and cataracts.
- Sugar – The white powder is the reason that diabetics are twenty-five times more likely to go blind than non-diabetics.
- Sunglasses or Contact Lenses– The biggest threat of damaging your eyes is to expose them too much on the UV sun’s rays. Make sure to buy quality sunglasses or contacts with a high level of UV protection.