by Lauren Swanger, holistic health enthusiast and research journalist
Many of us take good eyesight for granted, yet taking steps to protect healthy vision is crucial for preventing age-related eye problems. Glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases do not have to be inevitable. Good nutrition, rest, avoiding pollutants are all important to your eye health. The following tips can help sharpen your eyesight and allow you to see well throughout your life.
All you have to remember, when choosing the best vegetables for your eyesight, is a traffic light. Red, yellow, and green vegetables contain high amounts of powerful antioxidants that help remove disease causing free radicals from the body. Some red vegetables to try: tomatoes, and red bell peppers. Bright orange and yellow vegetables to try: sweet potatoes, carrots, yellow peppers, and pumpkin. Dark green vegetables include all leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, and broccoli.
Garlic, onion, shallots and capers are excellent sources of cysteine, lecithin, and sulfur which help prevent cataract formation. Blueberries, grapes, goji berries, and wild-caught mackerel, cod, and salmon all enhance eye health and can even improve vision.
Choose sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection, and a wide brimmed hat to guard against damaging UV rays. Eyestrain has become commonplace in the age of computer use, so be kind to your eyes. For five to ten minutes each hour, look away from the computer screen or simply close your eyes. Blink regularly to relieve the strain of constant focusing. If you smoke, stop as soon as possible. Staying away from tobacco smoke, as well as other forms of pollution such as exhaust fumes, can decrease your risk of developing optic nerve damage as well as age-related macular degeneration.
Never take your eyesight for granted. Treating your eyes with the respect they deserve will help save your vision so you can enjoy your eyesight throughout your life.