Food and Exercises for the Eyes

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Food and Exercise for the eyes

Food and Exercise for the eyes

Food and Exercises for the Eyes

Easy on your eyes

 

It’s often said that eyes are windows on the world. You’d probably never be satisfied living in a home where the windows were perpetually dusty, dirty or streaked. Why would you put up with a similar mess in your body’s own windowpanes?Few things are more important than your vision. Your eyes are a crucial means of processing information and perceiving the world around you. They’re so in sync with your brain that you probably take them for granted, but that could be your first mistake when it comes to maintaining good eye health. Check out a few facts and tips for keeping your eyes in shape, and learn more about identifying the causes of many common vision problems.Slow down.

Does your vision grow blurry toward the end of the day? Do your eyes become achy or dry when you’ve spent too much time gazing at a computer screen? Take a look at your regular activities, and ask yourself if you’re overworking your eyes. Stress is a leading cause of many everyday eye complaints, but the demands you place on your body are within your control.

Take an occasional break; the computer will still be there when you get back. Go for a short walk, spend a few calm minutes engaged in another activity, or save unfinished work for later. Inundating your eyes with lubricating drops isn’t a long-term solution; weary, stressed eyes will only make you feel more tired and overwhelmed.

Next, ask yourself what’s in your line of vision. Is it a mountain of work, a sink packed with dirty dishes or a stack of overdue bills? If you’re constantly looking at objects that aggravate you, your eyes will react to the negative stimuli. These things will also be there when you return; walk away for a moment and look at something that brings you joy.

Remember that your eyes are what you eat and drink.

If you’re not satisfied with your eyes’ output, look inward at your own input. What are you feeding your body? There’s no overestimating the impact of your diet on your vision. For best results, choose foods rich in C, A, E and B vitamins. If you’ve been ignoring nutrition, regain balance with a diet packed with leafy greens and fresh fruits.

Dehydration is another common enemy of healthy vision. You’re more likely to ignore hydration when you’re overdoing things mentally and physically. Do yourself a favor and drink a glass of water or two, and you may notice a surprising reversal.

Have your moment in the sun.

Your body needs sunlight, and so do your eyes. Head outside for a few minutes of daylight; safe sun exposure actually stimulates eye exercise by causing natural contraction and dilation of your pupils. Use good judgment, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Give your eyes a workout.

You might work exercise into your regular routine, but are you including your eyes in the bargain? If you’re already following a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting adequate rest and sunlight, try a few simple exercises that can strengthen your eyes over time. Try placing both palms of your hands over your eyes, blocking light entirely. Continue blocking outside light for around five minutes, and your strained eyes should begin to relax with regular repetition.

For another easy eye exercise, try holding your index finger to the end of your nose, and focus your eyes on your finger. Take your finger away with a slow, deliberate movement, continuing to fix your gaze on the finger as it moves. Follow with ten repetitions.

Enjoy a life in living color.

The eyes are fascinating, complex parts of the human body, but their delicate balance can be damaged by abuse. If problems persist in spite of regular eye exercise and a well-balanced diet, consult an eye care professional. The good news is that you might not have to go to the trouble or expense of a doctor’s visit or corrective eyewear to enjoy improved vision.

If your eyes aren’t being good to you, ask yourself if you’re being good to them. It’s never wise to ignore physical symptoms that might require professional medical help, but with regular attention to holistic health and stress-minimizing habits, you might see many of your vision problems vanish before your eyes.

Your comments are welcome

 

Diabetes Eyes and Diet

Diabetes Eyes and diet

Diabetes Eyes and diet

Diabetes Eyes and Diet

Aging is believed to have a negative effect on the body. As we age the amount of new cells generated, decreases and our bodies begin to deteriorate. We don’t like it and most of us would like to slow the aging process, but accept it as inevitable – something we cannot control. Yet the good news is; we can slow it down..

As an example, let’s focus on the eyes. Tens of thousands of people over 50 years of age find their vision deteriorating – the 20/20 vision we took for granted in our youth is no longer and we find ourselves needing glasses to read or do any other kind of close work.

 

Young and not so wise

When we were young we weren’t aware that if we allowed ourselves to put on weight, we risked damage to our internal organs. Suddenly, the early onset of  diabetes is a possibility, which in turn affects our eyesight as well as other parts of our anatomy.Diabetes eyes and diet comes into play, so much to consider.

One of the main worries for diabetes is contracting diabetic retinopathy. This affects the seeing part at the back of the eye; it’s the most common cause of blindness and can affect people of any age, young or old.

Fortunately early detection of diabetes can halt many of the problems associated with the disease so it’s important to seek professional advice about any eye concerns.

 

Why I started’ Eye Care blog

I started this particular blog after being diagnosed with Glaucoma. My optician first picked it up when checking the pressure of my eye and noticed that it had increased since my last visit. She arranged an appointment for me to see a private specialist (meaning I pay). The first visit was $750 and several more visits followed. I was prescribed Lumigan, an eye drop to be used every night. That was over four years ago.

About three years ago at my last appointment with the specialist, I complained that my right eye was seeing distortions of straight lines, a kink in other words. My specialist only dealt with the eyes and it turned out that this problem was a blockage of a vein at the back of the eye, referred to as Macular degeneration, a common problem in people over 60. The specialist referred me to a public eye hospital.

Fortunately we have a great public health system and general hospital treatments are, for the most part, free. Unfortunately the referral went astray and it was nine months before I got an appointment, by which time the damage had advanced and was harder to treat.

Still, the hospital specialist decided to inject the eye to try and reduce the swelling of the blocked vein.

After this appointment I was to return to the hospital for a further check-up to see if the swelling had decreased. It was found to have improved slightly and the specialist wanted me to have another injection to help it improve further.

However, in the meantime, a further complication arose. On three occasions I lost the sight in my good eye. Only for a few seconds each time but it was enough for the specialist to wonder if I’d had a mini stroke, possibly from blockage of an artery in the neck. I have since had a scan and an operation to remove the blockage in my neck.

If you had read my healthy eating lifestyle blog at http://creatinglifestyle.com you might have read where I mentioned I was bordering on diabetes and that it was a wakeup call for me to change my lifestyle to one of eating the right foods and taking proper care of my health.

 

Three Year Diet Study

Three years ago I was handed the opportunity to participate in an international university medical study of 2500 people in six countries around the world.

What was initially required was a test to prove I don’t have diabetes. However, my blood sugar level indicated that I possibly could have, given the right circumstances.

My blood sugar level was slightly high, showing there was a possibility that I might become diabetic. That result made me a candidate for the three year study that the universities are running.

.The first phase saw me losing 8% of my body weight in 8 weeks (I could do with losing some more weight).

Phase 2 is the maintenance period and takes up the balance of the three years. Will help with avoiding diabetes eye and diet problems.

The general concept aims to prove that by following a certain lifestyle and sticking to one of the two diets that the trial is based on, that diabetes can be averted and should show which of the two diets is the most effective..

I’ll keep you posted on progress

Comments are welcome

To Improve My Vision

The Eye make up of the eye

The Eye

To Improve My Vision 

Every couple of years I have my eyes tested to update my reading glasses. One visit, the optician was concerned by the pressure test (that’s where they put a squirt of air into the eye using a Tonometer that records the eye pressure). The optometrist was not happy with my results and made me an appointment with an eye specialist. Several tests later I was told thatI would need eye drops for the rest of my life to slow up the onset of Glaucoma. He told me that with the condition left unchecked, I could go blind so the drops were a small price to pay. So I needed to improve my vision some how or other, that’s when I came across Vision Without Glasses.

Glaucoma affects one in 200 people aged 50 and younger, and one in 10 over the age of 80. It’s the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans. Fortunately, early treatment can reduce the pressure to the eye and thus avoid the possibility of blindness.
..As a result of this affecting me personally, I’ve come to appreciate my sight more. I now look for foods that enhance eyesight; foods such as broccoli, spinach, salmon for omega-3, dark chocolate, avocados, carrots, red wine.

My motto? Eat healthy to stay healthy and stay away wherever possible from highly processed foods like refined white flour, pastas, white bread, trans fats, monosodium glutamate. These can all cause a detrimental effect to the health of your eyes.

20/20 vision – what does it mean? Basically, it says that if you are 20 feet away from an eye chart, you can see what a person with normal eyesight sees. As we get older our sight deteriorates and, for most over the age of 50, 20/20 vision is but a dream. However, huge advances in the medical world are happening, giving hope that maybe, just maybe, our sight can improve or at least stop getting worse.

While we look to the future to see me improve my vision, we can also look back and see some of the great thinkers of the past such as Dr.W.H. Bates, 1860-1931. Bates was a successful eye surgeon who became dissatisfied with the conventional methods of his time. Giving up his practice he joined Columbia University for the sole purpose of studying eyes from an entirely different point of view. During his lifetime he wrote of his successes, his work was tested, and the technique he developed was thereafter called `The Bates Method.

Today several people sell The Bates method, you only need to Google The Bates Method to find them. I do not feel comfortable in promoting a paid version, you will see several article relating to the Bates technique that you can try freely.

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