If you pay attention, you’ll notice that there are many people who use aids to help with vision concerns. Glasses and contacts are the two most common solutions for bad eyesight but how do you get your eyes to actually improve? When you wear glasses or contacts, you are simply making it easier for you to see, they aren’t really helping to reverse the issue. Studies show that many people who are prescribed glasses often have to come back for a stronger prescription because their sight has declined.
What if I told you there were things you can do to reverse you vision issues? Having stellar eyesight could be your reality if you eat the right foods and stay active.
Isn’t there a medicine for weak eyesight?
For every prescribed medication, there is almost always a natural way to cure the concern. Hemp oil is now being used to help kids with cancer or those prone to seizures and has proven to be life-changing. Eucalyptus and peppermint leaves are often used to heal respiratory issues while aloe can help calm and soothe skin.
These days everything is a disorder or disease, and there is a medication that claims to improve it. There may not be a bottle labeled “vision pills” (these do exist) on the shelves of your convenience store but there are several supplements you can take to improve your sight.
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids
- N-acetyl cysteine
- Alpha lipoic acid
Eat your way to Clear Vision
Take a look at the list of “medications” that I’ve provided for you and notice that they are all vitamins. Taking vitamins daily can help increase your nutrient content but the body only absorbs about 30% of the vitamin; the rest is pushed from the body through urination. If you want your body to obtain a substantial amount of these nutrients, try getting them from the foods you eat.
|Essential Nutrient||Best Foods to Eat|
|Vitamin C||Yellow bell peppers, Guava, kale, red peppers, sweet green peppers, turnips, Swiss chard, spinach, Kiwi, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, green cauliflower, red cabbage, cabbage, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, lemon, pummelo, clementine, tomatoes, peas, papaya,|
|Vitamin E||Spinach, turnips, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, sesame seeds, avocado, shrimp, crayfish, oysters, rainbow trout, swordfish, herring, smoked salmon, olive oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ, sunflower oil, canola oil, broccoli, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, kiwi, mamey, sapote, blackberries, mangos, peaches, nectarines, apricots, mulberries, guavas, raspberries|
|Beta-carotene||Sweet potato, cooked carrots, cooked spinach, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, beet greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, Pak choi, cos, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter head lettuce, chicory, cooked butternut squash, Hubbard squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe, sweet red peppers, sweet green peppers, dried apricots, dried peaches, prunes, cooked peas, cooked broccoli|
|Zinc||Cooked oysters, crab, lobster, lean beef, short ribs, lamb, wheat germ, spinach, amaranth, endive, radicchio, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, chocolate, cooked lean pork shoulder, chicken, cooked chickpeas, baked beans, adzuki, kidney beans, mushrooms|
|Zeaxanthin||Kale spinach, dandelion greens, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper, turnip greens, cress, Swiss chard, collard greens, radicchio, chicory greens, mustard greens, lamb, basil, parsley, green peas, corn, broccoli, romaine lettuce, carrots, green beans, eggs|
|Selenium||Brazil nuts, mixed buts, cashews, black walnuts, macadamia nuts, cooked oysters, mussels, octopus, lobster, clams, squid, shrimp, cooked tuna, rockfish swordfish, halibut, tilapia, mackerel, snapper, wheat bread, pita bread, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, cooked lean pork, lean beef cooked, lamb, turkey back, chicken legs, chicken thigh, chicken breast, cremini, shiitake, portabella, white mushroom, rye, brown rice, barley, oatmeal, quinoa.|
|Lutein||Eggs, spinach, kale, turnips, collard greens, romaine lettuce, corn, peas, Brussel sprouts, tangerine juice, orange juice, oranges, papaya, tangerines, okra, celery, tomato juice, peaches, carrots, grape fruit|
|Calcium||Watercress, kale, dandelion greens, turnip greens, mozzarella, parmesan, Swiss, cheddar, American, milk, yogurt, pak choi, bok choi, tofu, soy milk, cooked okra, broccoli, green snap beans, almonds, canned sardines, canned pink salmon, canned anchovies, canned shrimp|
|Thiamin||Trout, salmon, tuna, shad, mackerel, lean pork, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, brazil buts, pecans, cashews, wheat bread, rye bread, green peas, frozen sweet corn, Acorn squash, Hubbard squash, butternut squash, asparagus, edamame, navy beans, pink beans, black beans, mung beans|
|Folic Acid||Black eyed peas, mung beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, pink beans, lima beans, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, lentils, spinach, turnip greens, pak choi, savoy cabbage, collard greens, asparagus, lettuce, endive, butter head lettuce, salad cress, chicory, arugula, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, mango, pomegranate, papaya, guava, kiwi, banana, oranges, wheat bread, French bread, Italian bread|
|Omega-3’s||Flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, salmon, menhaden, sardine, cod liver oil, herring, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, walnut oil, butternuts, black walnuts, beechnuts, hickory nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, caviar, smoke salmon, salted mackerel, kippered herring, canned anchovy, canned salmon, canned sardines, canned mackerel, American shad, halibut, swordfish, oysters, mussels, squid, clams, soybeans, tofu, spinach|
|N-acetyl Cysteine||Ricotta, cottage cheese, yogurt, lean pork, sausage, chicken, turkey, duck, garlic, broccoli|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||Organ meats, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, chard, yeast|
Get up and Get Moving
Another natural way to improve your vision is to stay active. While going for a run or doing a sit-up may not help your vision, there are several exercises that will help strengthen the eyes.
- Blinking will help keep your eyes moist; it is tough to focus with dry eyes. If you work in front of a computer, give yourself a blink break so that you don’t start to feel sick.
- Resting the eyes for a few seconds will relieve tension. If you feel like they are strained, take a second to place your hands over your eyes and close them. You can keep your palms in place for as long as you would like.
- Massage your eye muscles from time to time. Using your ring finger, place it on the inner corner of your right eye. Then, trace up toward the eyebrow and over the cheekbone. Lastly, use the bridge of the nose to cross over to the other side and repeat the movement. This technique should be performed in a slow, fluid motion; your finger should be making a figure eight around both eyes.
- Try to focus on a certain object. You are welcome to challenge your muscles by moving the object closer and away from your body.
Wouldn’t life be great if you could ditch your contacts and see clearly? While your treatment may not work as quickly as putting on your glasses, at least your vision won’t decline!