Age-related vision loss is a sad fact of life for a vast number of adults. But there is one misconception that tends to float around. It comes in one word: inevitable. In fact, vision loss is not an inevitable part of aging. Researchers have proven that your ability to see details may actually increase as you get older.
With that in mind, there are many ways to protect your eyes and stop the threat of vision loss. It’s a blend of easy, insignificant lifestyle changes complemented with some excellent antioxidant supplements proven to help keep your two tiny windows to the world clear.
Lifestyle Tips There are a myriad of techniques you can incorporate into your daily life to make your vision strong enough to withstand any negative effects of aging. How easy is this? Close your eyes for at least one minute every hour. Every 15 to 30 minutes, change your eyes’ focus by concentrating on a word or object that is 12 feet (or so) away. That’s right, just look away!
Take frequent breaks from focused activities such as reading or watching television. Relaxing your eyes avoids long-term strain. When looking at a computer or television, position the monitor slightly below eye level, so you are looking downward at it. Set both up so there is no glare on the monitor. Position both as far away from your eyes as possible, but close enough that you can still read it.
When outside, wear UV-protectant sunglasses. Not only will they shield you from damaging solar effects, but they’ll also prevent you from having to squint and strain your muscles.
Have eyedrops? Make sure they are natural with no preservatives — these ingredients can actually aggravate dry eyes and possibly damage cells in the eye.
And exercise your eyes. First, close your eyes and slowly move them in a complete circle three times. Then, try changing focus by holding a piece of paper as close as you can without it being blurry for 15 seconds. Then look away and focus on something about 12 feet away for another 15 seconds. Repeat this to strengthen your eyesight.
Finally, hold a pencil in your hand and, starting with your arm extended, slowly bring it towards your nose; the goal being to get it as far as possible without seeing a double image.
In my next article, I’ll tell you about the best nutritional supplements to keep your eyes sharp and healthy at any age.
[ Ed. Note: Dr. Victor Marchione has been practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years and is a respected leader in the field of nutrition, smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News, CBS Evening News, and the NBC Today Show. He is also the chief formulator of the 20/20 Vision Formula from Bel Marra Nutritionals.]
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