Tips for good eyesight

We celebrate life everyday as we cherish the world around us. Keeping in mind, our vision is the outlet to daily experiences, our perception of life wholly depends on what we see. Take care of your eyesight to avoid hindrance in your daily activities.

Your eyes need some royal treatment too, just how your skin/hair does. There may be no fancy salons for eyesight, but it deserves absolute care.

We are not implying that people with spectacles do not look chic. They certainly do. However maintaining the condition of your eyes is directly linked to your health.

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What causes weak vision?

Eye diseases or conditions can cause visual impairment. Some of the more common causes of low vision include: Macular Degeneration. Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye where images are focused.

However, the primary causes of blurred vision are refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Farsightedness is the opposite of nearsightedness. Objects farther away are seen clearly, while objects up close are blurry. In nearsightedness you can see far away objects clearly while not being able to guess the nearby ones.

Astigmatism is a common vision problem caused by an error in the shape of the cornea. This can change the way light passes, or refracts, to your retina.

What are the levels of good and bad vision?

Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. This means that the test subject sees the same line of letters at 20 feet, that a person with regular vision can see.

20/20 – Normal vision. Fighter pilot minimum. Required to read the stock quotes in the newspaper, or numbers in the telephone book. 

20/40 – Able to pass Driver’s License Test in all 50 States. Most printed material is at this level. 

20/80 – Able to read alarm clock at 10 feet. News Headlines are this size. 

20/200 – Legal blindness. Able to see STOP sign letters.

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What are the signs of weak eyesight?

Your eyes will let you know sooner or later if they are suffering from weak vision. There will be signs you will not be able to ignore due to the mental and physical distress they may cause.

These are guaranteed signs of weak eyesight:

  • Severe, sudden eye pain.
  • Recurrent pain in or around the eye.
  • Hazy, blurred, or double vision.
  • Seeing flashes of light or sudden bright floating spots.
  • Seeing rainbows or halos around lights.
  • Seeing floating “spider webs”.
  • Seeing a “curtain coming down” over one eye.

How can you improve your eyesight?

Too much screen time can wreck your eyes. Smart phones, laptops, and other handheld devices all transmit light. These reactions within the eye can be poisonous to the photo receptor cell molecules rendering them damaged. Blue light can cause severe permanent damage to your eyes. Therefore, cut your gadget time to lesser hours of the day for improvement of vision.

Lutein is a pigment found in high concentrations in layers of the retina. Solid scientific research shows that lutein supplementation naturally improves vision. Fortunately, lutein is an antioxidant that is naturally present in fruits and vegetables such as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard. Add these useful vegetables to your diet.

While vision therapy also addresses problems with alignment, tracking and strain on the eyes, there’s no sound evidence that vision exercises can affect clarity. Vision therapy is an umbrella term for a variety of treatments based around eyes exercises.

Eating carrots is good for your vision. Have carrot juice to help your eyes restore its energy. Give some rest to your eyes. Sleep for at least eight hours.

Fish, beef, eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources can be ideal for you. Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices will also show great results.

Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C and E are vital for age-related vision problems. 

Create eye-friendly surroundings. Avoid smoking. Last but not the least, have regular eye exams.

Source: Health Magazine

Surgery and lenses are the convenient alternatives to spectacles. LSAK (Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis) is the most commonly practiced laser eye surgery today.

Don’t depend on your glasses. Take them off as often as possible, to promote natural unassisted vision.

Try out the tips mentioned above to witness the change. Modify your diet, keep your phone away and give your eyes some much needed rest.

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