How to Improve Your Eyesight: Ways to Keep Your Vision in Check

Eyes serve as the windows to the soul, what humans use to perceive their outside reality. In an age where eyesight is used more than ever, taking care of our eyes takes on a very important part in our lives.

We need to look after our eyes, since oftentimes, we are using them in eye-straining situations. Using our phones, computers, tablets, and moving in a highly visual-filled world, most suffer eyesight deterioration before the gradual natural decline of vision. In an article from KNOE 8 News, the News Staff outlined helpful tips to assist in improving one's eyesight.

Eating Right
There are vision-friendly foods available that are rich in vitamins A,C, and E. These vitamins, along with minerals such as zinc and copper, are essential in maintaining one's eyesight. The old adage of carrots being good for your eyes still stand true, but other types of food such as green vegetables, pumpkins, egg yolks, sweet potatoes and garlic will provide the nutrients to keep your vision from losing ground. Other food rich in antioxidants will protect your eyes from sun damage. Lastly, eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid, like salmon, mackerel, sardines and cod boosts eye health. These cold-water fish contain Docosahexaenoic acid, which is a primary structural component for our eyes' retina.

Exercise your Vision
Not a lot of people do this since we often think that when we wake up, we are already straining our eyes. Although this holds water, it is advisable to perform eye exercises, repetitions that our eyes don't normally do, in order to keep them sharp. Rolling your eyes, first up and down, then clockwise and counter-clockwise ten times will help your eyes' motor functions, and stretch the muscles that hold them. To exercise one's eye focus, hold an item, a pen for example, at arm's length, and slowly bring it to within six inches of your nose, then move it back.

Rest Up
Sleep is essential when we need to take care of our eyes, but it doesn't stop there. Although sleep provides our eyes time to fully rest, repair and recover after a grueling day, try closing your eyes for a minute once every hour or so, and it will have a positive impact in relieving eye strain at the end of the day. Wearing sunglasses when it's bright outside is a way of resting our eyes, and massaging them will also help the eye muscles.

Another article from, also list similar ways in which one can take care of one's eyes. Another good advice from the article talks about drinking plenty of water, as it helps keep your eyes hydrated throughout the day.

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