5 Natural Ways to Care for Your Eyes

5 Natural Ways to Care for Your Eyes

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but more importantly, they are how we take in and interpret the world.  And since you only get one pair of eyes, it is a great idea to take care of them the best way you know how.  Of course, due to genetic predispositions and aging, your eyesight might naturally get worse as you get older, but that doesn’t mean that you have to just sit there and let it happen.

5 Natural Eye Care Tips

Instead, try using these natural eye care tips to help boost your eye health and strengthen your vision.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies—Especially Carrots.  It is no old wives’ tale that carrots are good for your eyes.  Carrots are packed chock full of beta carotene, an essential antioxidant that lowers your risk of developing macular degeneration.  But carrots aren’t the only healthy food that will help promote good eye health.  You can also eat bell peppers, brussel sprouts and broccoli, all high in Vitamin C, a critical component in your quest for good eye health.  You can also eat foods that are high in omega-3 fats such as salmon and fatty fish.  These will help protect and maintain the health of the blood vessels inside of your eye.  Spinach is also excellent for your vision since it contains beta carotene, Vitamin C, zeaxanthin and lutein, all amazing for good eye health.

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Some Food isn’t Meant to Be Eaten.  As for the outside of your eyes, you can use food here as well, most famously cucumbers.  This is another tip that might sound like an urban myth, but is not.  Actually, it’s scientifically proven that the asorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers prevent water retention, thus helping reduce the inflammation around your eyes.  Use two slices of cucumbers on your eyes for 10 minutes each night before sleep to eliminate puffiness.  You can also use green tea bags that are soaked in cold water and then applied to the eyes for 20 minutes at a time and get the same anti-inflammatory effect.

Don’t Leave Contacts in For More than 12 hours.  Contact lenses are great for those of us who need glasses but hate wearing them, but they can be horrible for your eyes.  That’s because most contacts cut off a major portion of the oxygen supply going into your eyes.  This is doubly dangerous if you’re sleeping since you are essentially suffocating your eyes (which is why you’ll wake up with “cloudy” vision).  Take the contacts off and even take off the glasses once in a while.  Forcing your eyes to work and not rely on corrective lenses isn’t a bad thing at all. Some believe that it can even keep your eyes from getting worse, though there is only anecdotal evidence for that at this point.

Wear UV Rated Sunglasses With Polarized Lenses.  As opposed to not wearing your contacts, you should always protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun on sunny days.  Just be sure that the lenses are polarized otherwise they have no real effect.  It’s okay to go outside in the sun for a few minutes, but if you are going to be outside for more than an hour, you’ll want to protect your eyesight. You might not feel it now, but prolonged exposure to UV rays has been shown to cause cataracts, macular degeneration and pingueculae and pterygia, all serious conditions that jeopardize your eyesight.  Wear sunglasses even if you are in the shade since the UV rays are reflecting off of the surrounding buildings and objects.  It’s vital that children wear eye protection as well.

Exercises for Your Eyes.  Finally, it’s important that you don’t just sit and stare at one thing all day.  In today’s modern computer-driven world, it’s vital that you exercise your eyes.  Stare at something 20 feet away for 30 seconds every five minutes.  Focus on the objects that are far away and then quickly switch focus to a close object and repeat.  This works well if you hold your finger in front of your face and practice quickly switching focus between it and something far off in the distance.  You can also move your finger around in circles and near and far from your face, keeping extreme focus while following the motion with your eyes.  If you can get someone to do this for you, even better since you can’t predict where the finger will go.

Regardless of which methods you choose to up your eye care routine, it’s important that you start right away.   We only get one pair of eyes and they are getting worse every day thanks to the way our bodies age.  Start taking care of them now and you can enjoy good eyesight well into your golden years.

Author Bio – Thomas Swanson, the author of this article writes on behalf of wellnessandeyes.com, a sought after optometrist in Roseville, CA.