With age and the wear and tear of the eye muscles, our eye health undergoes rapid deterioration. We usually don’t give it much consideration but experience the strain and the discomfort later on in life.
Making dietary and lifestyle changes are two ways we can save our eyes from further degeneration and eye problems.
Including foods rich in Vitamin A and essential fatty acids and spending less time staring at our phones and computers will definitely go a long way in safeguarding our eyes.
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FOOD FOR BETTER EYE-HEALTH:
Including foods rich in Vitamin A won’t ensure a reduction in the power of our spectacles, but it will…
- help improve eye health,
- look after the surface of the eyes,
- improve night vision,
- and, lessen the risk of vision loss due to muscular degeneration that comes with ageing.
Omega 3 fatty acids also help keep the eyes healthy.
- They reduce the instances of dry eyes,
- Reduce the inflammation associated with dry eyes
- and reduce muscular degeneration.
Essential fatty acids (EFA) are required for the proper functioning of our organs. And, as our body cannot produce these, we need to obtain these from dietary sources.
Omega 3 fatty acids are one such type of fatty acids that ensure good eye health.
These are found in high quantities in seafood, nuts, and seeds.
Seeds are a great way for vegetarians to incorporate Omega 3 fats in their daily diet.
- Chia seeds are a native of Mexico.
- Flax seeds have been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. But, because depending upon locally-grown food makes sense, let’s focus on flax seeds.
Flax seeds are rich in:
Omega 3 fatty acids
These are not just beneficial for the eyes, but for our overall health.
HOW TO INCLUDE FLAXSEED IN YOUR DAILY DIET:
Roasted flax seeds can be eaten just like that or added to breakfast cereals or salads to increase their nutritional value.
Roasted and ground flax seeds are easier to digest and can be had first thing in the morning with a mugful of warm water.
The powder can also be added to yogurt and salads.
Dry roast flax seeds in a thick-bottomed pan.
Once cool, grind them finely in your grinder.
Store the powder in an air-tight jar.
Have a teaspoon of this powder in the morning on an empty stomach.
*As the powder sticks to the teeth, gums and the palete, drink warm water soon after eating the flax seeds powder. It will help clean your mouth.
REMEDY FOR DRY EYES:
A simple remedy for dry eyes consists of using artificial tears, or lubricant eye drops.
These are available over the counter at your chemist’s. But, you may also enquire about it at your ophthalmologist’s.
Just a couple of drops after you finish your work on your computer or phones will reduce the irritation or the burning sensation your eyes suffer due to the dryness.
Try and do away with your contact lens, too, if you suffer from dry eyes. The discomfort you suffer while wearing your lens will further aggravate the problem.
I quit using my contact lens when I started feeling the lens slipping off the surface of my eyes.
I use the artificial tear drops after laptop use and at bedtime.
Wash your eyes with cold water each time you finish your screen-related work. And, when you are working, remember to blink often as that will help keep the eyes moist.
Make sure the screen of your computer is at or below eye level and at an arm’s distance from your eyes.
Finally, remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screens at a distance of 20 feet for 20 seconds.
Look after your eyes. This is the only pair you have!
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