While some children have need of glasses at a young age, many people don’t experience much eyesight loss until the older years. I personally needed glasses for seeing at a distance when I was a teenager. My eye doctor said that I only needed them when looking at the chalk board at school, or when I needed to drive. When my eyesight worsened further and it was apparent that I needed all-the-time assistance with my vision, I became a contact lens wearer and am til this day.
Whether you begin to lose your vision at a young age or suffer from Age-related Macular Degeneration (a main cause of vision loss of those over age 60) (Source), with proper care of your eyesight, you can prevent vision loss and even improve your vision.
How To Improve Your Eyesight
I am on the computer a lot. I do a lot of writing, plus work as an online assistant. Not to mention we do some of our homeschool work online. Being in front of the computer often can lead to eye strain, which is not good for your eye health. When using the computer, it’s better not to have bright overhead lights or outdoor lights glaring on the computer screen. Instead opt for floor or table lamps like these unique Tiffany style lights.
On the other hand, when reading or doing a similar activity, it’s best to have overhead or hanging lights to be certain that you have adequate light.
Do you know bilberry preserves were eaten by pilots in World War II to help them have better eyesight? It’s true, and I can personally attest to the power of bilberry. When I am regularly consuming bilberry, my eyesight improves when I have my eye exam every.single.time. My eye doctor scratches his head in confusion that my eyesight is improving and brushes off my explanation when I try to say that it’s the power of bilberry. That’s ok. I’m thankful to know the secret myself and to be able to share it with those that are willing to listen. 🙂
While bilberries are the #1 berry for eyesight, other berries like blueberries and black currants are really good for the eyes too.
Vitamin D helps to stop inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in the eyes. Both of these conditions are associated with age-related loss of eyesight. I personally really like these vitamin D drops. They are tasteless and very inexpensive. My girls and I supplement with these drops daily in the winter months when we aren’t receiving as much sunlight.
A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to vision problems. 1 medium carrot or 1/2 cup of chopped carrots has 210% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A. (Source) I’ve read one of Dr. Christopher’s testimonies of a man who drank a quart of carrot juice a day, plus followed any extremely healthy diet and healed his poor eyesight! Bring on the carrots!
Spinach, Kale, and Other Greens
Lutein is an antioxidant that lowers your risk of macular degeneration. It is found in greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, turnip greens, collard greens, zucchini, peas, and brussel sprouts. View this page to read how to eat them.
Egg yolks are very high in lutein. Despite what media may say at times, I believe raw eggs are healthy for you IF they are from healthy free-range chickens! Add them to smoothies and you’ll never know they’re there!
Omega 3 is another supplement that supports healthy eyesight. Wild-caught salmon is a good source of Omega 3. You can also take an Omega 3 supplement daily.
Using proper lighting and consuming these foods and supplements, you can help to prevent vision loss and improve your eyesight!
What natural ways do you care for your eyes?