Improving your eyesight
If you’ve ever heard the expression: “the eyes are a window to the soul” then you’ll know that there’s some truth in that. Our eyes have a potent significance that no other part of our body possesses. We not only interact with each other through our eyes – a lifetime of use, not forgetting the half-glances and the odd wink here and there – but we also interact with the world around us.
Which is why we should take care of them a little better. Eyesight can degrade over time, and mostly with age. Fortunately, there are lots of ways that we can gradually improve our eyesight. Here’s to a life lived in ultra-high definition!
Eat for your eyesight
A well-balanced diet, with foods that have been proven to benefit your eyes, is best. Some vitamins and minerals that boost eye health include carrots, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens. Sweet potatoes are good, too. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins A, E, and C as these contain a particular antioxidant that helps to prevent macular degeneration (a condition where the part of the eye that controls vision can deteriorate).
Stay active (it helps more than you think)
To ensure your eyes stay in good nick, you should keep up a standard exercise routine. It’s not just your waistline that you work out for! In fact, Type 2 diabetes (a condition common in overweight people), can often cause damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes.
Wear protective eyewear when necessary
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Whether you’re working with dangerous machinery or simply playing squash, you should be protecting your eyes. There are actually lots of activities which could potentially harm your eyesight – even the most leisurely of holidays can be damaging!
Wherever there is a risk of chemical exposure, sharp objects, smaller things like wood shavings or small metals, make sure your eyes are protected. Of course, this won’t actively ‘improve’ your eyesight per se, but an accident that could’ve been prevented with safety glasses will make your eyesight much worse.
Give your eyes a rest now and then
Most of us are sat in front of computers from 9-5, five days a week. This is a huge strain on our eyes, so make sure you give your eyes a break throughout the day (just like you would get up to stretch your legs).
The 20-20-20 rule is a good tip. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. It’s a brief relief not to be so hypnotised by the glow of your screen!
Get to know your family’s optical history
If your family has a history of hereditary eye-related diseases such as, glaucoma or retinal degeneration, then you need to know about the diseases as soon as possible so that you can alter your lifestyle with the aim of damage limitation and precaution.
There are actually loads of exercises that you can do to give your eyes a workout. You will help keep your eyes working at an optimum level, while also relieving them from day-to-day strains and tension.
Do these exercises when you wake up, and before you go to sleep. You can also do them any time your eyes feel tired, heavy, or strained. You want your hands to be clean, and your mind relaxed.
- Make your eyes warm by rubbing your palms together to create heat. Then, place your hands against your eyes for five seconds and repeat three times.
- Using your knuckles, massage your temples in small circles. Repeat these movements in your T-zone area (above your nose and between your eyebrows).
- Roll your eyes (not sarcastically). You can start by looking up and circle 10 times clockwise and 10 times anti-clockwise.
If you’re in a situation where you can have a nap, then do it! Though it might not be acceptable in the workplace! There are loads more exercises that you can do, check them out here.
Get enough sleep
Sleep gives your eyes the rest they need. They repair and recover whilst you sleep so that they are ready for the day ahead so if you deprive them of sleep, you’re going to encounter problems not only the day after but for the rest of your life. Insufficient sleep can weaken your vision and eyesight, while making them look tired and, generally, worn out.
Sleep is a fundamental part of your lifestyle, and its quality directly influences the quality of your lifestyle. They go hand in hand!
Look after your eyes
To sum up: your eyes are important! But we probably don’t need to tell you that.
Seeing as they’re so important, we’re sure that you want them to look their best. You can do that with our range of men’s optical glasses and women’s glasses. We even offer a try before you buy service! You can ensure you get the right glasses for your face shape – perfect!