Your eyes are such an integral part of your body, that you should be doing as much as possible to maintain and support their health. However, conventional medication can have its drawbacks, especially when you consider the side-effects that can arise. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to improve your eye health using herbal remedies and lifestyle tips. Below are just a few of our key recommendations that can go a long way towards improving the health of your eyes and subsequently, your vision.
- #1 Use Vision Complex: A.Vogel’s Vision Complex is an excellent way of naturally improving your eye health. The remedy contains marigold extracts and quantities of blackcurrants, which may sound a little odd but makes sense when you think about it. Marigold extracts are a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, minerals that are very useful when it comes to protecting your eyes and improving your absorption of light, having a positive impact on your overall vision. The blackcurrants, whilst also being a great source of vitamin C, contain a group of anti-oxidants known as anthocyanosides, which can strengthen and nourish your retina. Other ingredients also include magnesium and zinc, two minerals that can relax your muscles and work alongside vitamin A to reduce the risk of macular degeneration
- #2 Eat your greens: The health of your eyes can be vastly improved by getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and fatty acids. A steady intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, for example, can protect your eyes from the glaring effects of UV radiation, and to increase the absorption of light, ultimately improving your eyesight! These minerals are normally found in green, leafy vegetables, such as kale, broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C also have an important role to play when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy – vitamin A protects the retina of your eye, whilst vitamin C encourages the formation of collagen, a connective tissue found in your cornea. Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, such as lemons, tomatoes and sweet potatoes are extremely rich with these valuable anti-oxidants, as well as a whole host of other beneficial nutrients. Finally, it’s important that you increase your consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, as these can prevent your eyes from becoming dry and irritable, even warding off the effects of macular degeneration. You can find these essential fatty acids in oily fish, such as mackerel or trout
- #3 Exercise your eyes: This might seem like a strange request but your eyes, just like all the other muscles in your body, require exercise. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should try to exercise your eyes in the traditional sense, but there are a number of ways you can stimulate the eyes. You could try a couple of simple exercises to focus your eyes. Start by holding a small object – a pen, pencil or something of that nature- around an arm’s length away from your face. Now, very slowly, bring the object forward until it is a few inches away from your nose. Once you have done this, move it slowly back to its original position and repeat at least a dozen times. You could also try rolling your eyes slowly clockwise and then counter-clockwise, at least 10 times every day. This should strengthen the muscles in your eyes and diminish your chances of developing ‘eye floaters.’
- #4 Get some rest: Given what has just been said about exercising your eyes, it also feel appropriate to discuss the benefits of resting your eyes properly. Technology is such a fixture in your everyday lives that it can become easy to forget that you spend most of your day with your eyes fixated on a screen, putting you at risk of straining your eyes or developing Computer Vision Syndrome. It’s important to give your eyes a break, whether this means spending some time away from your desk or finding ways of giving your eyes some respite from your computer screen whilst you work.You could try following the 10-10-10 rule – this would involve you looking at an object at least 10 feet away from your eyes for 10 seconds, every 10 minutes. If you do this properly, it should give your eyes a brief interval to relax and lower your chances of contracting dry eyes or eye strain
- #5 Keep hydrated: Dehydration can be a nightmare for all areas of your body, including your eyes. It’s important to keep your eyes lubricated so that they can produce tears and clear away any debris, like dust particles or eye lashes. If your eyes are hydrated, it makes it easier to blink and can ward off the effects of eye strain. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids every day and if you notice that your eyes are becoming dryer, it might be worth trying A.Vogel Eye Drops, which contain natural extracts of Euphrasia, a herb also known as ‘eyebright’, and can work to keep your eyes moisturised and lubricated throughout the day
- #6 Keep protected: Low humidity, UV radiation, pollution and smoke – all of these factors can have potentially harmful effects upon your vision, so it’s important to try and keep your eyes protected. If you are venturing outside on a sunny day, remember to wear sunglasses so that your eyes are guarded against the damaging impact of UV radiation. It might be necessary to try and keep your eye moisturised if find yourself in a polluted environment, or one affected by low humidity. If you are going to be visiting a chlorinated swimming pool, remember to wear goggles so that the harsh chemicals do not aggravate or irritate your vision. These are all small steps but they can go a long way towards maintaining your eye health and preventing any further harm.