Essential hacks for healthy eyes

What does having healthy eyes and a clear vision mean to you? In this digital age when screens and tabs have replaced novels and newspapers, your eyes are under much more strain than before, thanks to the consistent minimizing of the written text. Small may be better for your gadgets, but certainly not for your reading abilities and peripheral vision.

In fact, they only add to the vulnerabilities of poor eyesight and other eye complications. While many are aware of the simplest tips for healthy eyes—taking breaks from the screen, getting some shut eye, a yearly eye exam, etc—there are some other things that go beyond the obvious, and can help you in the long run. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

1. Keep Your Eyes Hydrated
Drinking sufficient amount of water is very vital to keeping your eyes healthy. This ensures enough amount of tear production from your lachrymal glands, and can keep your eyes moist. Experts recommend rinsing the eyes with saline solution to get rid of any eye irritants (soap, cleansers and makeup products).

2. Eat An Eye Healthy Diet
As a part of your way to eat for good vision, include foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E. Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens can protect against macular degeneration, while the omega acids in fish deters cataracts. Apricots, blueberries and eggs can all improve your vision too.

3. Quit Smoking For Your Eyes
Here’s one more reason to add to your list of why you should kick the butt. Smoking is known to expose the eyes to high levels of oxidative stress making you more prone to get cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration. (Related Article: Want To Quit Smoking? These 7 Foods Will Make It Easier For You)

4. Drink Some Green Tea
Consider swapping that morning mug of coffee for some green tea. Not only is it hydrating, but it is also a store of eye healthy antioxidants such as catechins, which are believed to protect the eyes from macular degeneration. The retina in your eyes is known to absorb these catechins in high amounts, which may be helpful in fending off vision problems. (Related Article: 9 Healthy Benefits Of Green Tea)

5. Keep Your Blood Pressure & Weight In Control
According to American Academy of Ophthalmology, people who have high blood pressure are at a higher risk of vision deterioration. An elevated blood pressure is known to damage the blood vessels, which can in turn hinder the flow of blood and nutrients to the retina and macula. (Related Article: Keep Your Blood Pressure In Control With These 4 Yoga Poses)

6. Exercise Your Eyes
Simple eye exercises can go a long way in protecting your vision and ensuring your eyes remain strain-free. Zooming, blinking, rolling the eyes, beads on a string, and eye squeezes are some of the popular eye exercises you can incorporate into your routine. If your eyes feel too tired, just splash some cold water.

These essential hacks will not only ensure good vision, but also beautiful eyes. So get in the groove and make your eyes move!

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With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.