woman watching tvIt seems that with all of these new gadgets that modern technology has introduced to us, such as IPads, LED TV’s, monitors and smart phones, our eyesight has been the price of enjoying these new forms of technology and entertainment. Especially during the holiday season, when we tend to spend more time at home watching Christmas movies and playing with our new digital toys.

Holiday time can also bring a lot of stress to some of us with big families.

And the stress is to blame for issues with our vision. How? Strong waves of emotion can trigger within us certain muscular reflexes, which in turn correspond to your ocular functions. When we are in the midst of a simmering rage sometimes the tension within our bodies extends to our eyes as well, increasing ocular pressure and narrowing our field of vision.

How to release your eyes from unnecessary pressure?

Consciously it may be very difficult, but it is possible. Adjust your internal state, and try to relax, as philosopher Robert Burton said, “Calming the mind heals everything.”

Dr. Dello Russo states that the majority of vision problems that his patients complain about stem from unconscious eyestrain. He advises that several times during the day, it is recommended to rest your eyes – close them with your hands, palms facing in, in such a way that center of the palm is right in front of your pupils.

While watching a TV screen for long periods of time, or the computer monitor, our eyes can become exhausted from following the continuous streaming of light rays. Normally we blink twenty times per minute, so that the cornea is moistened by tears glands. It is useful to do the following exercises:

– For 30 seconds, blink rapidly, same amount of time looking straight ahead (repeat 3 times).

– Close your eyes and turn around eyeballs to the left – up – right – down (repeat 4 times).

– Close your eyes and look up – down (repeat 8 times).

– Tightly close your eyes for a few seconds, and then sharply and widely open them (repeat 5 times).

TWoman Holiday Lightshe computer screen or cell phone screen doe not cause eye diseases, but after three or four hours with a computer or cell phone work, you need to give your eyes a rest. The lighting in the room should be adequate, not be too bright or dim. The location of where the monitor is placed is also essential; the light source should be set so that the screen does not cast shadows. Any job that requires a very concentrated stare should be conducted in a place with good lighting. If you are right handed, the light should fall on the left, and vice versa, on the right, if you’re left-handed. Read this article on how your mobile device is destroying your eye vision.
Some other tips:

  1. To reduce the risk of cataracts due to the effects of ultraviolet light, wear sunglasses in bright sunlight. 
  2. Reading sessions should be begun with texts that contain large font.
  3. In order to obtain good nutrition for the eyes, blood vessels and nerves, eat more vegetables and fruits.
  4. Reduce your intake of saturated fats and avoid cigarette smoke, in an effort to prevent the formation of free radicals in the retina.
  5. In the case of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, vision can be rehabilitated slowly with special exercises.

Read a few more ways to improve your eye health this upcoming year. 

What kind of food will keep eye health?

The health of your eyes can be preserved by a properly balanced diet.

Eyes will deteriorate without proper nutrition, some of the best vitamins and nutrients for the eyes are: zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. The lack of these vitamins may lead to the development of age-related macular degeneration. This is the most common cause of irreversible loss of vision among adults over 65 years.

Two carotenoids are responsible for the density of pigment in the macula – lutein and zeaxanthin. They play a key role in protecting the eyes. Scientific studies have shown that both components act as “internal sunglasses,” because they “filter” harmful high-energy blue light wave lengths and protect against free radicals. These carotenoids are the most important components of the protective system of the eye.

It is therefore extremely important to increase your consumption of vegetables that containing lutein and zeaxanthin. Vegetables high in lutein and zeaxanthin are: spinach, broccoli, peas, collard greens and Brussels sprouts, corn and egg yolk. This is relevant to those people closing in on their middle-aged years, because over the years, natural eye protection and filters are weakened and requires “artificial feeding” in to saturate them with the essential nutrients they require in order to function efficiently..

Take into service a few recipes of dishes that will be useful for your vision, and for the whole body. It is common knowledge that carrots contain vitamin A (carotene), which is also called the “vitamin of beauty.” But keep in mind that for better absorption of carotene, you should eat a carrot with milk products.

Happy Holidays and take care of your eyes! You can have a great eye vision at any age.