Millions of people around the world are facing the risk of getting eye diseases. This can result to poor eyesight or loss of vision. These conditions are very common and many people attribute them to a lot of misconceptions which are not supported by medical evidence.
Our sight is too precious to lose. We need to take good care of our eyes to keep them healthy and useful.
Here are six ways to protect your vision naturally:
1. Take supplements
Macular degeneration is an eye disease common to people over 55 years old. It is caused by the degeneration of the cells in the center of the retina. This can result in blurred vision or blindness.
According to a study from John Hopkins University, supplements which are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper can help to prevent macular degeneration.
2. Eat fruits and vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables, especially the ones which contain lutein, help to provide nourishment to your eyes. These include mangoes, sweet potatoes, kale, corn, carrots, squash, tomatoes and some leafy greens.
Lutein is a substance that helps to protect your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration and deterioration of the retina due to old age.
3. Eat blueberries and drink red wine
Eating blueberries or drinking red wine in moderation is a good natural way to protect your vision.
Blueberries are packed with anthocyanins, an antioxidant which contains an anti-inflammatory and vision enhancing properties. It is responsible for the red, dark blue and purple color of fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries also contain resveratrol, a substance in red wine which became famous for its remarkable ability to prevent heart diseases. This substance is also capable of stopping the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye which could result in vision loss or macular degeneration.
4. Avoid wearing over the counter contact lenses
Contact lenses fitted by professionals. This means that doing it yourself exposes your eyes to potential damage. Avoid wearing cheap over the counter contact lenses just to change your eye color. These can scratch your eyes which might lead to painful injuries or blindness.
5. Protect your kids' eyesight by allowing them to spend time outdoors
A recent study conducted on children's eye health found that children who spend more time outdoors have lesser risk of developing nearsightedness. It related further that for every hour the children spend outdoors, their risk of getting myopia reduces by about two percent.
According to another recent study, exercise is the new way to reduce the risk of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss. It is triggered by the damage of the optic nerve due to the increased fluid pressure inside the eye. This pressure is largely dependent upon a person's cardiovascular fitness, and you can maintain it with regular exercise.