Our eyes are a very important part of us. They capture images and then send them to the brain. The brain then tells us what it is we are seeing. The eyes are constantly taking in information while they are open, working non-stop to help us view the world.
As we age, all the wear and tear on the eyes will start to weaken the muscles. This is what causes our vision to become blurred as you get older. However, age is not the only thing they will cause the eyes to have problems. The way they are treated daily will have the greatest impact on them.
Normal ageing of the eyes is the reason that most of us will need glasses as we advance in age. Macular Degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in older adults. However, it doesn’t only affect the elderly. Macular Degeneration is also found in people who are smokers, have hypertension, or a family history of the disease.
Genetics, also, plays a big part in our vision. If Mum or Dad have less than perfect vision, chances are you will, too.
Then we have the care of our eyes. They are very sensitive and need to be treated with great care. When we spend long hours on the computer, watching T.V., or playing video games, it puts stress on the eyes and the muscles. You may have noticed after spending time on the computer, if you look away from the monitor to different points in the room, things seem blurry. It takes a few moments for them to adjust.
Sun is another enemy. Most people are unaware of the negative effects the sun has on the eyes. More specifically the UV rays.
Care of the Eyes
There are several things you can do to care for your eyes and keep them healthy. Along with using a little common sense, adding supplements to your diet will also help your optical nerves.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time watching the T.V. or computer monitor. If your job requires you to work at a computer, stop once in a while and look around the room.
- Wear sunglasses to limit UV exposure.
- Exercise your eyes. I’ve been doing eye exercises since I was at school because I had problems seeing what my teacher was writing on the board plusI hated wearing glasses. My eyesight isn’t 100% perfect but I have found that the exercise helps greatly.
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Here are some supplements that improve vision as well:
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It can slow down the onset of Macular Degeneration
- Vitamin C works a lot like Vitamin E to protect the eyes. It helps protect the tissues and improve the health of your eyes.
- Zinc strengthens the cells.
- Vitamin A is another antioxidant. It helps the eyes with light exposure and prevents cataracts.
- Lutein can be found listed in supplements designed for eye health. It can also be found in leafy, dark green vegetables, broccoli and peas.
- Fish oil also has compounds that will help vision.
Another thing to remember when caring for your eyes is to never touch them. There are all sorts of germs that can infect the eye. Also avoid any chemicals around the eye.