Improving Your Eyesight
7 Easy-to-follow Tips
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for the health of the entire body. However there are some elements that are particularly beneficial to the eyes. Vitamin C is important to maintain the immune system and can help to prevent pathologies in the eyes such as cataracts. Vitamin A has long been known to aid clear eyesight, and works with the liver in cleansing the internal body. Fresh and raw fruits or vegetables contain enzymes and many important vitamins and minerals. By avoiding sugars and fats you’ll contribute greatly to general health and good eyesight.
Activities to increase clarity and improve your eyesight:
Often though the course of the day eyes will become stressed, overtired and blurred. Doing the following activities will relax, refresh and strengthen your eyes.
Hold your hands, palms up, in front of you. Breathe deeply feeling the air expanding your stomach. Place the center of your slightly cupped palms over the center of your eyes, closing off all outside light. Try palming just for 5-10 minutes as you lay in bed ready to fall asleep. Palming will relax tight eye and facial muscles.
Now who can’t find time to yawn? Yawning brings fresh oxygen into all blood cells including the eyes and brain. As you yawn, the muscles related to the eyes fully contract and fully release. Yawning stimulates the production of tears in the eyes which bathe and moisten dry eyes. Open your mouth wide and take in a gush of air. Exhale with a sigh. It wakes you up in the morning and calms you down for a deep sleep at night. Your eyes now say “it’s polite and good to yawn.”
Place yourself comfortably facing the sun, remove your glasses and close your eyes. Slowly trace anticlockwise circles around the sun, moving your whole head up, around and down. Keep repeating this movement for 5-10 minutes making larger and larger circles. Yawn while sunning. Do some sunning next time you’re at a queue waiting for a bus or weeding the garden. Blink your eyes open. Notice that colors have brightened.
Your mind relies on edges and areas of high contrast in order to define what it sees. Imagine a pencil on your nose. Sketch moving the whole head up, down and around as you trace large to small objects. (e.g. trace a painting on the wall and then trace the vase standing on the table). Instead of staring, develop the habit of loosely sketching everything in your environment. Practice during TV commercials or while talking on the telephone.
Place your hands together, take a deep breath, fill your lungs with air and squeeze your eyes and hands tight to a count of three. Then open your eyes, relax your hands and exhale. Repeat this five times. You’ll be supplying nutrients to the cornea (front) of the eye through this gentle massage.
To revitalize and maintain the flexibility of the lenses in your eyes. Construct a paddle out of cardboard or another stiff material (even a picture postcard will do). Decorate your paddle with colorful pictures (e.g. stickers or magazine cut-outs). Covering one eye with one hand, hold the paddle with the other and move in and out-towards and away from your eyes, varying the speed. Hum a little at the same time. After a couple of minutes, change hands and eyes. (Always do tromboning with one eye covered). This activity is a good warm-up before reading.