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21/05 Tuesday 07:01PM

for your eyes only

image . www.publicdomainpictures.net/Jiri Hodan .

When I hit the age of 40 I found myself pushing the things I have to read further away from me to be able to read it.  It was not so hard when I wore glasses but with my contact lenses on, it was more difficult. I normally have to order food at a restaurant with the menu at arm's length, and that always invited a snark remark like, 'Getting old eh?'. 

NatureNews introduced some exercises you can do to improve your vision if you are affected by presbyopia. The site explained that presbyopia is an age-related condition, and different from farsightedness (hyperopia), which is related to the shape of the eyeball and generally caused by genetic and environmental factors. When we get older, the lens of our eye gradually hardens, becoming less pliable and less able to change its shape, leading to greater difficulty in focusing on near objects.

NatureNews recommends a few eye flexing and relaxing exercises to stimulate the eye muscles and improve the efficiency of the eyes resulting in better vision. These steps involve:
1. focusing on near and far objects
2. zooming in on objects
3. placing the palms over the eyes
4. rotating the eyeballs
5. shifting the eyes up and down and from side to side

Eye exercises are known to improve eyesight naturally. Even if you are not suffering from presbyopia, it stimulates the eye muscles, working them to overcome laziness and re-trains them to perform better. According to Improve-Vision-Naturally.com, there are eye exercises to combat problems like nearsightedness, astigmatism, farsightedness and as mentioned above, presbyopia but they are not able to treat eye disorders such as glaucoma. Some users of these exercises have reported clearer and sharper vision after consistently following and practising the moves but it will require effort and discipline to see it through.

Besides exercise, you can include in your diet some eye-benefitting food to ensure healthy. See like a rabbit, chomp on some carrots.  Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A and an antioxidant.  It helps prevent night blindness and reduces the risk of vision changes due to age. Spinach has beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C to maintain healthy eyes. Tuck into some tomatoes too as they are filled with vision-enhancing carotenoids - lycopene and lutein.  They can protect the eyes from damage caused by harmful UV rays of the sun. Nuts like peanuts and almond contain vitamin E that can promote good vision and delay cataract growth. 

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