Our eyesight is probably the most abused resource in the human body. Since most of our work is done in devices such as computers (desktop and laptops) and handheld mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) with on-the-go Internet connectivity, there is rarely a time where one can fully rest their eyes. The portability of these devices interferes with the time-out our eyes need since they can access the Internet anytime, anywhere, even in the privacy of one’s bedroom.
The improper management of our eyesight could lead to poor vision, and that’s an ailment everyone would like to avoid. That isn’t something you can remedy with medicine, unlike medicine for headache and fever. But not to worry, here are 5 tips on how you can improve your eyesight even further.
Vegetables like carrots and pumpkins are your eyes’ best friends for life! Studies show that these contain vitamin A, which boosts eyesight. This is good motivation for you to switch from carbonated drinks and instant cup noodle meals to carrot juice and pumpkin soup.
If your vision is blurry, then it’s time for you to get a pair of bifocals or – as we commonly know them – eyeglasses. Be sure to check with your eye doctor if you’re near-sighted (meaning you can only see objects that are within proximity) or far-sighted (meaning you can only see objects that are beyond your field of vision). Getting the diagnosis right means getting the right prescription for your glasses. And it’s very important to get the right prescription because the wrong one will worsen your eyes’ condition.
This procedure involves the use of lasers to correct vision problems such as hyperopia (far-sightedness), myopia (near-sightedness), and astigmatism. As with number 2, consult with your optometrist whether to consider LASIK surgery as an option or not. For all you know, your condition is not that extreme that you only need corrective lenses to remedy it, and not LASIK.
Yes, you heard that right. Exercise. Your eyes are muscles too, so they need physical activity to keep them in top shape. One exercise you can do, according to Dr. Mao Shing Ni, is to roll your eyes clockwise 10 times, and then counter-clockwise 10 times. She also advises to take short naps where you close your eyes for 3 minutes and just relax. This keeps your eyes revitalized and ready to take another hour or so of dizzying computer screen graphics and bright lights.
Sleep of 8 hours – the 9 pm to 5 am kind, not the 1 am to 9 am kind – is the proper time to give your eyes a chance to rest, regenerate, and heal. Dr. Mao recommends this amount of time because, according to her, lack of sleep may further weaken one’s vision.