As you age, your body starts to fall apart.
And vision problems, which is what I want to write about today.
Of course, genetics plays a big role in everything.
However, most of these problems can be reversed or most certainly slowed down, if you take the proper preventive measures. This is especially important if you don’t have the best eye genetics.
And the sooner you start, the better the results and the higher the chance of potentially reversing, avoiding, or slowing down the progressive decline of these age-related problems.
And with that said, I want to quickly reveal 5 Best, Clinically Proven Ways To Improve Your Eyesight & Vision.
1 – Eat Specific Foods & Take Your Supplements
Most of us don’t eat the perfect diet filled with a variety of fresh, organic foods, vegetables, and fruits. So you must take supplements that have been shown to help prevent eye degeneration and enhance your vision, especially at night.
Vitamins A (and Beta-carotene), C, and E, as well as the mineral zinc, contain antioxidants that can help prevent macular degeneration. It is a condition in which the macula — the part of the eye that controls central vision — deteriorates.
Make sure you take additional amounts of these supplements. Plus, add in food sources that contain healthy amounts of these nutrients, which can be found in:
- red peppers
- sweet potato
- citrus fruits
You’ll notice there are a variety of colors with these foods, which is key.
Take your omega-3 fatty acids as well. I suggest about 2-6 grams daily.
Good food sources would be salmon, flaxseed, and also Krill oil.
I also suggest taking carotenoids, such as lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin. Carotenoids are found in the retina of your eyes. These carotenoids help protect the macula by improving pigment density in that part of the eye, and absorbing ultraviolet and blue light.
That last bit is especially important, considering how much you’re bombarded with unnatural blue light these days (fluorescent/LED lighting, computer, and phone screens, etc.).
2 – Control Your Blood Sugar
This is a major topic in itself.
This is especially important if you’re overweight and/or have diabetes or prediabetes or a family history of it. And this is because high blood sugar causes damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes.
So, make sure you eat well, exercise, and take supplements that help lower your blood sugar and improve your insulin sensitivity.
3 – Lower Your Blood Pressure
Another chronic health condition that causes eye damage, in addition to high blood sugar is high blood pressure.
Both of these issues cause inflammation to the optic nerve, which can cause pain, poor eyesight especially night vision, and can even lead to complete vision loss if not treated.
4 – Optimal Cholesterol Levels – NO Statin Drugs
High AND low cholesterol are both linked to cataracts. Even more so, statin drugs, which are prescribed to lower high cholesterol, are ALSO linked to cataracts.1
High blood sugar is also linked to cataracts.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness among people older than 55. Most older people have some degree of lens clouding, which is a normal part of aging.
Both my mom and two of my uncles have it. It’s painless, but it can certainly lead to poor vision and blindness.
So, make sure your cholesterol levels are in a healthy range, NOT “low” or “high”. I’ll have links about the below in the description area about what my parents use.
5 – Exercise & Rest Your Eyes
So, a few things here.
Remember that you have muscles that control your eyes and they need to be exercised and rested – just like any muscle.
Your eyes work hard during the day and need a break now and then. The strain can be especially intense if you work at a computer for long stretches at a time, which many of us do – especially me. To ease the strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule.2
That means every 20 minutes, you should stop staring at your computer or phone and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Do this for 3-5 “sets” or times. This exercises and relaxes your eyes at the same time.
Additionally, make sure you wear sunglasses, which is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to improving your eyesight. You want sunglasses that block out 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation from sunlight.3
Make sure your glasses say this and thus, don’t buy cheap junk.
Sunglasses help protect your eyes from conditions that stem from eye damage. These include cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium — a growth of tissue over the white part of the eye.
Additionally, sunglasses with proper UV blockage reduce strain and stress on your eye muscles.
Speaking of which, I also suggest you install blue-blocking software on your computer screens and phones. I’ve spoken about this in a previous article.
This is important again due to the extra stress your eye deals with wodern technology.
In the old days, the main source of blue light was from the sun. Now it’s everywhere, all day and night. That’s too much stress for both your eyes and your brain.
You want to make sure you take extra amounts of vitamins and minerals that have been shown to improve eyesight.
It’s very important to control your blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
You should have healthy cholesterol levels – not low or high. And definitely stay AWAY from statin cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Make sure you also exercise and rest your eyes. Use the 20-20-20 rule. Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB lights. And use blue-blockers as well.
It’s easy to start implementing the 20-20-20 rule and using blue blockers – both are FREE and can be utilized in minutes.