Top Home Remedies to Improve Eyesight

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How many of us take our eyesight for granted until we have vision problems? Our eyes are the window to the world! Your eyesight provides as much as 80 percent of your total sensory input. This is why your vision health is vital! There are many factors that can affect your eyesight including injuries, diseases, and genetics.

Although you can’t change your family tree, the old adage ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is surely true when talking about your eyes. There are many things you can do at home that will improve and protect your overall eyesight.

Keep reading for the top home remedies you can do right now to help protect and improve your eyesight.

 

1. Palm Exercises

These are meant to stimulate the various acupuncture points surrounding the eye area. This will help relax the muscles around the eye.  Sit in front of a table so you can rest your elbows on the table. Rub your palms together so they become very warm, and then cup them over your eyes. Keep your eyes closed. Don’t out pressure on the eyeball, just cup your hands lightly over the eyes. Let your fingers rest gently on your forehead. Allow your hands to cool, and then repeat. Do this repeatedly for a period of about 3 minutes.

 

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2. Sunning

The sun provides powerful healing power. Once every day, allow the sun to shine directly on your closed eyes while breathing deeply. You only need to do this for about 2 minutes per day. Never look directly at the sun as this can damage your eyes.

 

3. Ginkgo Biloba

This ancient Chinese herb improves circulation and improves the blood flow to the eyes.  Ginkgo Biloba can protect your eyes from age related problems such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Take a supplement twice or three times per day for a total of 120mg daily. Do not give this herb to children. If you have diabetes, speak to your doctor first.

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4. Almonds

Almonds are high in vitamin E, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids which are well-known to promote healthy vision.  Eating about 10 almonds every day is all you need to help keep your eyes healthy.

 

5. Bilberries

This is another well-known herb that promotes eye health. Bilberries can improve your night vision as it stimulates the regeneration of the purple component of your retina.  It also provides protection from glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Bilberries contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Eat one half cup of fresh, organic bilberry fruit or take supplements.  Take about 160 mg of bilberry twice per day, three times per week.

 

6. Eye Exercises

Doing exercises can make your eye muscles stronger and more flexible, in the same way exercises can make other muscles in your body stronger and more flexible.  Doing eye exercises daily combat eye strain and improve focus.

  • Roll your eyes in a clockwise direction for a few seconds, then reverse and roll them counter clockwise for a few seconds. Do this about 4 times and be sure you blink your eyes between each set.
  • Hold a pencil at arm’s length and then focus on it. Slowly, bring the pencil closer to your nose, then farther away until you can no longer focus on it. Repeat this about 10 times each day.
  • Flutter your eyelids quickly. Blink about 30 or 40 times as quickly as you can without closing your eyes tightly. Do this twice, and then close your eyes for about 20 seconds to allow them to rest. Do this twice per day.
  • Focus your eyes on a distant object for about three minutes per day.  You can focus on the moon, a bird in a tree, anything that is fairly far away. Do this once per day for about 3 minutes at a time.

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7. Diet

Eat foods that are known to be high in nutrients that support eye health. There are lots of foods with these compounds but the best one would be the following:

  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Capers
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Cold water fish
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Red grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots

 

Other Tips:

  • Give your eyes a break from computer screens and televisions by taking a 5 minute break every 30 minutes.
  • If you can’t leave your office, simply focus on objects that are far away, such as a picture on a wall or a doorknob down the hall.
  • Get plenty of sleep so your eyes can rest and be rejuvenated.
  • If you live in a dry area, this may be the reason for dry eyes. Be sure you drink plenty of water and use artificial tears.

Taking care of your eyes should be a lifelong process. These home remedies and lifestyle changes should help you keep your eyes healthy and working well your entire life.