Maintain Your Vision Naturally

Maintain Your Vision Naturally

Posted on 16. Jan, 2010 by in Nutrition

Our eyes are our windows to the world—they’re also exposed to the many harmful substances that pollute our world. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, free-radical stress, pollution, dust and debris, and the aging process can all have an impact on these fragile organs. It’s also not unusual for the eye to age faster than the rest of the body due to its unique structure and demands for oxygen. It is no wonder that so many of us are concerned about our eye health, and eye health is often associated with overall health. Nutrition plays an important role in healthy eyes, and your eyes may benefit from concentrated nutrients and a healthier diet.

A Look at the Eye

The eye is essentially a bag of water with two lenses. The front lens is the cornea, and the internal lens is called the crystalline lens. These two lenses focus light through the tear film, the watery aqueous, the vitreous body, and on to the retina. The retina, therefore, is impacted by a lot of light, and the cells continually break down and build up, all the while sending electrical signals to the brain to be interpreted as vision.

The eye has no blood vessels to interfere with the light coming into the retina, and the eye is designed to be compact so that all the nutrition needed is remotely stored in the liver. Therefore, for healthy vision, we need healthy dietary choices plus good absorption, liver function, circulation, and breathing to provide oxygenation as well as a good outlook.

For General Eye Health

There are four stressors to the eye: the UV component of sunlight, poor dietary choices, poor lifestyle choices (such as smoking, excessive drinking, inactivity, etc.), and stress in general. Antioxidants are important to counteract the deterioration of the tissues in our eyes to maintain our vision. Nutrition and supplementation provide much-needed antioxidants.

A balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to obtain a broad spectrum of nutrients. But a balanced diet isn’t always possible— we skip meals, lead stressful lives, and eat on the run, none of which is helpful to either digestion or the absorption of nutrients. It’s also very difficult to acquire from diet alone the quantities of specific vitamins and nutrients shown to be beneficial to eye health. It’s often wise to supplement a healthy diet with vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional substances.

The vitamins I feel are most important to eye health are A, C, and E plus magnesium, chromium, zinc, and selenium. In addition, DHA, lutein, bilberry, taurine, and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) are all important to your vision. It’s wise to supplement the diet with a good eye formula that supplies substantial amounts of these vitamins and other nutrients to promote eye health.

A Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Eyes

In addition to adequate nutrition, ample sleep (at least five to eight hours) is also important to eye health. This is the time your eyes and body recover and your metabolism slows down. Also, develop an exercise ritual. It can be as simple as walking 30 to 40 minutes a day. Get regular eye exams, because it’s important to identify your best vision—the glasses you may be wearing may not be up to date. Finally, wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, and check with your ophthalmologist, optician, or ophtometrist and have them measured specifically for their UVB-blocking capacity.

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About the author:

Dr. Rob Abel co-founded the alternative medicine curriculum at Thomas Jefferson University, where he is a former clinical professor of ophthalmology. He has helped found eye banks, holds patents on artificial corneas, and received the senior honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Abel has long been a nationally renown teacher of conventional eye therapy. He assisted with the translations of ancient Ayurvedic eye therapies and his mission is bringing mind-body medicine to 21st century eye care.

- who has written 3 articles on Health e Times.


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