Chronic eyesight diseases are the main cause of vision loss. Uncorrected refractive errors and un-operated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment. Un-operated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low-and income countries. An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment. Of all vision impairment, 80% can be prevented or cured. Treat the eye with care as it is a very delicate organ of sight. There are many habits and behaviours that we embrace that are causing gradual damage to our eyes. If not checked, it can lead to loss of vision or blindness. Here are 16 natural tips for good eyesight.

  1. Eat well: Good vision starts with the food on your plate. Consume foods rich in vitamins A, C, E and zinc to help keep the eyes healthy and prevent vision-related problems like cataract and retina degeneration. The following diet is imperative for a good eye health. They include;
    • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, waterleaf and broccoli and tomatoes
    • Fish like Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
    • Eggs, nuts, beans
    • Fruits like oranges, pawpaw, avocadoes, pineapple and cucumber
    • Seafoods like Oysters and pork
  2. Exercise your eyes: Relaxation exercises are good for your eyes as they help to relax the eye muscles after long hours of strain. This exercise can be done by placing your hands together palm to palm and rubbing them together briskly creating heat. Then, you place the heated hands on the eyes to relieve tension. Another exercise that is of great help to the eyes is mental imagination. It is very effective, as it involves shutting your eyes for a limited time and imagining beautiful scenes and events. This exercise can be performed at work or at home especially after sitting in front of the computer for hours.
  3. Avoid smoking: Smoking causes great harm to the body. One of its effects is seen in the eyes. The tobacco extracts can affect the eyes causing great damage to the nerves of the eyes. This leads to eye problems like cataract, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment.
  4. Protect your eyes: The eye is so delicate and must be protected from sharp objects to keep it healthy and preserve its vision.
  5. Take regular breaks at work and visually demanding tasks especially if working on a computer.
  6. Try blinking often when working on a computer or viewing something at a distance. This provides enough accommodation for the eye.
  7. It is important to close and rest your eyes when you feel tired or tired as this helps to keep the eyes moist and healthy.
  8. Avoid sitting close or glare on TV and computer screens.
  9. Avoid direct light on your TV or computer screen when working.
  10. You can use special nonglare screens that fit over the computer screen to prevent too much light into the eye.
  11. Wear proper eye safety equipment for hazardous tasks.
  12. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes from excessive ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Too much UV exposure can damage your retina and cause lasting vision loss. It can also raise the risk of cataracts
  13. Avoid smoke and other things that irritate your eyes
  14. Monitoring blood pressure: Regular blood pressure checks should be done to prevent hypertensive retinopathy which is the degeneration of retina caused by increased blood pressure. Total adherence to anti-hypertensive medications is crucial to prevent vision loss.
  15. Check your blood sugar: Increased sugar level in the blood can affect the cells of the eyes causing degeneration of nerves in a condition known as diabetic retinopathy.
  16. Check your eyes regularly: To ensure optimal eye health, it is imperative to check with your eye ophthalmologist once in a year for thorough eye examinations and investigations. This will rule out early cases of cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment, uveitis and corneal ulceration.

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