Healthy Vision 101: The Basics

While dieting and exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, other aspects are often ignored or forgotten. One such area is the proper care and maintenance of our eye sight.

For many of us, good vision is taken for granted. If we want to preserve our ability to see well into our golden years, we need to form good habits right now.

Eating Right

Good vision starts with the right kind of food. Vitamins C and E benefit vision the most and help fight off age-related diseases that can negatively affect your ability to see clearly. Foods rich in omega-3s and zinc are also a good way to bolster resistance to macular degeneration and cataracts, which are cloudy areas in the eye that can cause vision to become fuzzy. Try to include these types of food in your diet whenever possible:

  • Oily fish such as salmon and tuna
  • Sources of protein like eggs, nuts, and beans
  • Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
  • Citrus fruits
  • Carrots
  • Certain types of tea
  • Dark fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and grapes

A good balance of all of the above is a surefire way to keep your eyesight in pristine condition. However, to get the most out of these vision-enhancing super foods, try using Dr. Willard’s Water in your everyday routine. Not only does it boost nutrient absorption and aid the body in the breakdown of these nutrients at their most basic level, making them more digestible, Dr. Willard’s Water also rapidly expels toxins from the body.

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Interesting Tidbit: There have even been accounts of people using Dr. Willard’s as a substitute for eyedrops, which has been reported to help prevent irritation and dryness. While this certainly wasn’t their intended use, it’s amazing to see Dr. Willard’s Water used in such a variety of applications!

 

Protect Your Eyes

While it probably comes as a no-brainer, protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun can have a lasting effect on your vision. Look for eyewear with 100% AVA and AVB protection. And as always, if you play sports or work with power tools, be sure to wear the proper eye protection to prevent serious injury.

20-20-20 Rule

In a world where we’re connected nearly all the time, we probably find ourselves looking at the light of a computer screen far too often each day. Focusing on a smartphone, a computer monitor, or a TV screen can cause serious strain on the eye as well as dryness, blurred vision, and headaches. In order to prevent these symptoms, the 20-20-20 rule has been adopted – rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This technique has shown to reverse the symptoms of fatigue – blinking also helps by producing tears that can moisten dry eyes.

In addition to taking breaks from your electronics periodically throughout the day, try cutting them out of your bedtime routine completely. Artificial light has been shown to disrupt circadian rhythms due to the increased exposure to “blue light.” Even just a few minutes of this artificial blue light can trick the body into behaving as if daytime has arrived, creating problems for a lot of hormonal and neurological functions. If you want a good night’s sleep, it’s best you put your phone away and shut your TV off completely.

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