We know the irony of reading tips on how to improve eyesight on a screen — but hey, at least we’re giving you an antidote! Dry eyes, eyestrain, itchiness are all complaints that have become a part of our lives, regardless of age.
Vision is a long-term game and actually doesn’t require a lot of effort if you make small, consistent efforts everyday. Here are a few ways in which you can improve eyesight naturally, at home:
1. Give ‘em some R&R
Getting enough sleep is crucial for eye health. Sleep allows your eyes (and your whole body) to fully rest, repair, and recover. Insufficient sleep can weaken your vision, so make sure you’re eyeing for that beauty sleep!
For the day, follow the 20-20-20 rule to ease the strain. That means every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Exercising for a healthy body but leaving the eyes out? Nope. Your pupils need a work out too and can have a huge impact on long-term eye health. Two super easy and quick exercises to try include the quintessential *eye roll* (yup) - moving your eyes back and forth warms those eyeballs and strengthens them; the second is a focus exercise where you hold an object (a pen works best) at arm’s length, focus your sight on it, then bring it closer slowly until it is about 6 inches away from your nose. Then, move it back to arm’s length. Try repeating this about 5-10 times.
3. Get Those Checkups
Prevention is always better than cure. Schedule those visits with your ophthalmologist (yes, not a store that sells sunglasses) at least once every six months. Also remember that some eye conditions are hereditary (the likes of glaucoma, retinal & macular degeneration), so you might wanna speak to your family and understand this better and take the right precautions early!
4. Eat for Bright Eyesight
Eyes, like every other organ and part of our body, need nutrition to function optimally. Here are some foods to include for a vision-ary diet :
- Vitamins A, C, E, Omega-3 and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. So eat those raw carrots, nuts, fish & oranges!
- Antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, protect the macula from sun damage. Get these antioxidants from dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. prevent age-related macular degeneration
- Anthocyanin-rich blueberries, grapes, and goji berries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve your vision
- Good old H2O - stay hydrated and you’ll keep the dryness and twitchy eyes at bay