4 simple health tips for healthy eyes
There are many ways in which your eating habits, diet and fitness can affect your eyes and vision. Having a poor diet can have a negative affect on your eye health.
Diabetes can affect your eye health which is why diabetics are recommended to have more regular eyes exams, ideally yearly. The blood sugar levels in your body can fluctuate, if they are too high this can cause temporary blurred vision and over time can cause you to develop cataracts
By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, you will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We have more details on diabetes and glaucoma in our Eye Health Central.
The good stuff
A varied healthy diet will keep your body as a whole in good shape. There are some foods that are thought to specifically help with maintaining good eye health. Many of the vitamins and antioxidants needed for healthy eyes are found in common foods such as vegetables like spinach, kale, and other spring greens. Oily fish such as salmon and tuna, and proteins such as eggs, nuts, beans etc.
Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices. Oh and if you’re feeling a bit ‘fancy’, oysters are ‘on the list’.
Keeping your eyes fit!
It's already been mentioned that keeping physically fit can help maintain good eye health, however did you know there are specific exercises for your eyes?! You don’t even have to slip into a pair of yoga pants or step foot in a gym to do them! Win, win.
Eye exercises most probably won’t improve your vision, but they can help with symptoms such as digital eye strain, which is common among people using computers for a long period of time, such as dry eyes, tired eyes, blurred vision and headaches.
To get you started here are some basic eye exercises to help relieve those symptoms and make your eyes feel better!
Near and far focus
This is a focus exercise and should be done from a seated position.
1. Hold your thumb about 10 inches from your face and focus on it for 15 seconds.
2. Find an object approximately 10 to 20 feet away, and focus on that for 15 seconds.
3. Return your focus to your thumb.
Repeat five times.
Another seated exercise.
1. Pick a point on the floor about 10 feet in front of you and focus on it.
2. Trace an imaginary figure eight with your eyes.
3. Keep tracing for 30 seconds, then switch directions.
Do these on their own or add them to your physical workout, either way, your eyes will thank you for it.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 23 Jan 2019, Last modified: 4 Mar 2020