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17 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Vision

Don’t take your eyes for granted! Follow these tips to keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong.

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Get better vision

Our eyes are two of our most precious possessions.Yet, all too easily, we can take good eyesight for granted. Protect your peepers with these low-effort actions.

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1. Eat fish twice a week

Fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce the risk of dry-eye syndrome. If you can’t stand fish, try fish-oil supplements.

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2. Always wear goggles

Make sure to wear goggles when swimming or doing carpentry. A properly fitting pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from chlorine, while carpentry goggles will prevent debris from causing corneal abrasions.

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3. Avoid dry air

Aim your car vents down at your feet, not your eyes. Dry, air-conditioned air sucks the moisture out of eyes like a sponge, so aim the vents in your car away from your face. Serious dryness can lead to corneal abrasions and even blindness.

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4. Choose red onions

Cook with red onions, not yellow. Red onions contain more quercetin, an antioxidant that is thought to protect against cataracts.

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5. Use protection

Put on sunglasses whenever you leave the house. Not only will they block out the harsh glare of the sun, but they’ll also protect your eyes from the drying effects of wind.

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6. Go for orange

Have sweet potatoes for dinner tonight. Rich in vitamin A, these spuds are especially good at improving your night vision.

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7. Keep it clean

Remove eye makeup every night. This prevents small pieces of make-up from winding up in your eye and possibly scratching your cornea.

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8. Supplement

Take a bilberry supplement every morning. The berries contain compounds called anthocyanosides, which can help protect the retina against macular degeneration. Bilberry supplements are sold at most pharmacies.

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9. Don’t share a towel

Use a fresh towel every time you wipe your face. Sharing face towels and washers with others is a guaranteed way to get the highly contagious eye infection called conjunctivitis (pinkeye).

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10. Block the sun

Wear a large hat or cap along with your sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat will block roughly 50% of UV radiation and reduce the UV rays that may enter your eyes from above or around the sunglasses.

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11. Have spinach twice a week

It could be steamed, sautéed in some olive oil with garlic or perhaps in a quiche. It doesn’t matter how you get it, just be sure to have it regularly. Studies have shown that lutein, a nutrient abundant in spinach, may prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

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12. Take a break

When you’re working or reading, set your alarm to beep every 30 minutes. Use this as a reminder to look up and away to some distant point for 30 seconds. This helps prevent eye fatigue and eyestrain.

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13. Watch your pressure

Check your blood pressure every month. You can do this at home with a do-it-yourself monitor cuff. High blood pressure, if unchecked, can damage vessels in the eye.

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14. Keep your cool

Turn down the heat in your house. Heat dries out the air which, in turn, dries out your eyes. You might also try adding some humidity with a humidifier or even bunching a lot of plants together in the room where you spend the most time.

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15. Stimulate your brain

Dab an essential oil of jasmine, peppermint or vanilla on your arm and sniff. Scent researcher Alan Hirsch of the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation says jasmine increases the beta waves in the frontal lobes of your brain, promoting wakefulness and enabling you to focus better and see things more acutely. All three scents stimulate the limbic system in your brain, which in turn stimulates the rods in your eyes that help you to see in dim light.

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16. Keep it moving

Walk at least four times a week. Some evidence suggests that regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure, or IOP, in people with glaucoma. In one study, glaucoma patients who walked briskly four times per week for 40 minutes lowered their IOP enough so they could stop taking medication for their condition. It’s also possible-although there’s no proof yet-that walking could also reduce your overall risk of developing glaucoma.

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17. Use herbs or spices instead of salt

Studies have found that high-salt diets increase your risk of certain types of cataracts, so stay away from the salty stuff. And while you’re de-salting your diet, don’t forget the salt in processed foods. Check labels for “no salt”, “no sodium”, “low salt” or “low sodium” tags when buying canned and other prepared foods.