According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, approximately 6 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from eye conditions that could lead to blindness. While there are no natural remedies that will correct your eyesight, there are things you can do to enhance your eye health naturally. This, in turn, can improve your vision.
Here are just some of these steps. Please remember that none of these should in any way replace your corrective eyewear and regular eye checkups with your optometrist.
1. Proper Nutrition
Eating vegetables and fruit can provide us with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for healthy eyes. Some of these include carrots, broccoli, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Dannie Hansen from the lifestyle platform SUNDT UK recommends that people concerned about their vision should eat foods rich in Vitamins C, A and E, as well as zinc, as they are full of antioxidants that can decrease macular degeneration of the eye, something that many of us suffer from as we get older.
Other nutrients that are great for keeping our eyes healthy include carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote a healthy retina and pigment density in the macula. These can be found in vegetables such as zucchini and broccoli, as well as eggs.
2. Protect Your Eyes
Exposure to sun rays can have a devastating effect on our eyes, as it can burn the cornea. Long-term sun exposure can lead to serious eye conditions such as cataracts, pterygium and macular degeneration. Dry and itchy eyes are a good sign that you should probably be wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. When buying a pair of sunglasses, make sure that they block out at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Wearing a hat that protects your eyes is also a good idea.
Eye issues can be caused by an injury. Wearing protective eyewear while working or sports can protect your eyes from accidents. For example, wearing protective goggles can ensure that your eyes are safe from materials such as metal shards, dangerous chemicals or wood shavings.
3. Rest Your Eyes
Sitting in front of the computer for prolonged periods of time is not only bad for our posture, it can affect our eyes. Other everyday activities that can be bad for the eyes include watching too much TV, reading in dim conditions or spending time under fluorescent lights.
It is important to give your eyes periodic breaks from potentially-damaging activities. If your job involves a lot of screen time, for example, be sure to take regular breaks. Even closing your eyes for a minute or two can make a huge difference. Getting enough sleep each night is also important, as it helps to keep the eyes hydrated.