Research finds three natural measures for a healthy eyesight

Eyes are among the most fragile organs of a living system. It is anticipated that 6 out of every 10 people in the United States have weak eyesight. They use corrective lenses to support a clearer vision. In addition, many people also turn to eye surgeries including laser treatments.

Why does your eyesight weaken?

It is commonly heard that eyesight weakens with age however, it is not normal. There is a whole science behind it.

There are certain types of dangerous oxygen species present in our environment that may be the possible cause. These species are called “reactive oxygen species” or “ROS-toxins”. The brutal attack of these toxins targets the eye-lens making it stiff and inflexible. The toxins cloud the eye making the light (that it receives) to appear dark.

The human eye is able to protect itself by producing vision detoxifiers that provide a defense to the eye against the environmental toxins. But due to increased exposure to the ROS toxins, the eye isn’t able to generate the protective detoxifiers, which leads to vision decline.

ROS toxins may accumulate in our environment due to increased pollution, exposure of earth to UV-Blue radiation, and metal toxicity. ROS toxins exert an oxidative stress over the environment making it unhealthy for the inhabitants.

The invisible blue radiation or the UV-Blue light is the key stimulator for the ROS toxins. This UV-Blue light is virtually present everywhere. Smartphone, TV, LED, laptop, and computer screens along with those credit card machines etc. are rich sources of emitting UV-Blue light. It increases the toxic load over the eye by stimulating the chain reactions for the production of ROS toxins.

Increased exposure to such screens can causes your eyesight to weaken. Moreover, with age, our corporal cells start to wear out which may also add to the situation.

People with weak vision usually opt for glasses or eye surgeries. This increasing trend may be due to the fact that people are usually unaware of the conventional means to support the vision. People have usually been taught that there are no other choices to support the vision and eye health. There is rarely discussion around how one can support their eyesight naturally.

Researchers have long been trying to find some natural ways to support eye health. Scientists have come up with three amazing tricks that can help you have healthier eyes and a clearer vision by all natural means.

Nourish your eyes with a healthy diet

Research claims that foods high in antioxidants are a good overall strategy for elevating eye health. Raw vegetables are usually rich in antioxidants and carotenoids i.e. bright yellow, orange, and red pigments. They definitely help protect and support your eyesight. There are two antioxidants found in large amounts around the lens and the retina of the eye. They include,

  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin

Foods rich in these antioxidants have been shown to support good eye health. Foods that are generally a rich source of carotenoids and are good for eyes include,

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Goji berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Apricots
Image taken from 'Everyday Diabetes'
Image taken from ‘Everyday Diabetes’

One of the most powerful antioxidants known to human is “Astaxanthin.” It is the king of carotenoids and supports excellent eye health. It is exponentially more powerful than even the most popular antioxidant supplements e.g. CoQ10, resveratrol, and glutathione. It is a momentous addition to nourishing the eyes. A 12 mg dose of Astaxanthin is advised by experts for daily use.

Eye exercises

Research reveals that there are a few different ways to naturally support vision through eye exercises. Scientists advise that these exercises should be carried without corrective lenses. These exercises basically strengthen your eye muscles.

Sungazing is one of the oldest and most used eye exercises. It is a practice of staring at a sunrise or sunset for reasonably long periods of time. Sungazing strengthens the “oculo-endocrine system.”

It is stated that the key to this therapy is the interaction between invisible ultraviolet band and the retina. The visible bands of light stimulate the retina’s cone and rods that produce vision. However, the invisible band stimulates the adjacent epithelial cells. It transmits a powerful nerve impulse from the optic nerve to the pituitary and pineal glands directly. Thus, sungazing is considered a powerful healing and strengthening exercise for the eyes.

People can also try the “sun blinking exercise.” It strengthens your eyes. For this purpose, you have to look once to the north of the sun, about 15 degrees above it, and blink your eyes for 3-5 seconds. Do the same while looking to the east, south, and west of the sun. Note that looking directly into the sun is not advised. It may cause the rays to hit the retina in the center which may harm it anyway.

Research has come up with an even easier and safer way to support your eye health. It is by wearing pinhole glasses. These glasses, having hundreds of tiny holes, alter the light entering your eyes. They transform the light from an overpowering mass to a collection of lower-intensity, distinct light rays. It effectively gives your eyes a more “organized” pattern of light to focus.

Moreover, this organized pattern of light helps support the range of motion of our ciliary muscles. These muscles control the shape of our eye-lenses that focus the light inside your eyes. As these muscles grow stronger, they become more “fit” instead of “flabby.” It is the same case as resistance exercises make our body muscles more capable over time. Pinhole glasses are usually very inexpensive, safe, and simple to use. Wearing them a few minutes each day enhances the fitness of your eyes.

Cleanse your liver

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) says that the liver and the eyes have an intimate connection. It means that compromising with the health of one organ (liver) can adversely affect the other (eye).

The liver plays a major role in detoxification of our body. It neutralizes the free radicals and excretes them in large part through kidneys. Poor health of the liver affects its functioning. It allows free radicals to increase in the bloodstream which causes the healthy tissues in the retina and macula to break down. As a result, a person suffers from a poorer vision.

Research also says that liver blood deficiency causes visual disorders like,

  • Blurred vision
  • Short-sightedness
  • Dry eyes
  • Floaters

Moreover, excess liver heat can cause painful burning and bloodshot eyes. Keeping your liver healthy can help you take care of your eyes as well. To serve the purpose you must consume a clean and nourishing diet. In addition, minimize foods and activities that put a strain on your liver-health e.g. free radical promoting and liver taxing foods.



Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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