Have you noticed that since the pandemic began, your eye
Research shows that staring at a computer or phone screen all day could cause changes to your vision. In this article, we’ll explain why it’s important to pay attention to your eye health, and how to strengthen those eye muscles using natural remedies.
Are Your Eye Muscles At Risk?
Have you been experiencing these symptoms?
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in refocusing
- Irritated or burning eyes
- Dry eyes
- Tired eyes
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Eye discomfort
If you answered yes to more than one or all of them, you are most likely suffering from eye strain.
According to Pickwell’s Binocular Vision Anomalies, eye strain or
Keep in mind that asthenopia can occur from external factors or internal factors. Internal asthenopia occurs with visual and ocular anomalies. When it comes to eye strain from DES or CVS, this is an external asthenopia because outside forces are contributing to it.
This problem can lead to
How To Protect Your Eye Muscles
Experts say you should only spend only two hours per day online, but that sounds unattainable in this day and age. Yet, we can try to fight the effects of DES through these means:
Like other organs in the body, the eyes need certain nutrients. These nutrients can benefit the eyes:
DHA Fatty Acids
Sources: Fish and fish oil products
Vitamins A, B12, C, and E
Vitamin A is used to treat symptoms of dry eyes, particularly blurred vision, and vitamin B12 promotes nerve activity. Meanwhile, vitamin C can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and vitamin E protects the eyes from free radicals.
Zinc helps transfer vitamin A from the liver to the retina. This process allows the eyes to produce melanin, which serves as their protective pigment. Zinc deficiency links to poor night vision and cataracts.
Sources: Red meat, oysters and nuts, and seeds.
Best Foods For Eye Muscle Health
These foods consist of components that can support eye health:
Bilberries are high in antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to enhance night vision. One study found that anthocyanins indeed improved dark adaptation (the eye’s ability to adapt to darkness) as well as retinal blood circulation in glaucoma patients.
Anthocyanins are found in all berries, but they are especially high in bilberries. If you can’t find bilberries at your local health food store, consider taking a vision supplement containing wolfberries (or another type of high-antioxidant berry) and other nutrients to support eye health.
It’s true what they say about carrots; they are good for the eyes. Carrots owe this to one of its components, beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A.
Frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), goji berries contain lutein and zeaxanthin. The two pigments filter out the blue lights from the digital screen and protect the retina.
By doing so, they also help to prevent the development of AMD. Goji berries are also one of the ingredients in Qi Ju Di Huang Wan, a TCM remedy for dry eyes and blurry vision.
Lifestyle Changes That Support Eye Muscles
The American Optometric Association (AOA) highlights the importance of proper body positioning when using a computer.
- The consensus is it’s more comfortable to look downward at a computer. Place the screen 40-75 cm away, and the top must be slightly below horizontal eye level.
- Make sure the screen doesn’t reflect the glare from the windows or overhead lighting. Apply an anti-glare filter on the screen to reduce blue light. Clean the screen to decrease glare and improve clarity.
- Pick comfortable padded chairs that conform to the body. Adjust the height, so the feet rest flat on the floor. The wrists must not recline on the keyboard when typing.
- Take a break once in a while. Try following the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
- Remember to blink.
These can also be applied when using smartphones. Just remember the three key points – distance, brightness, and time. Make sure to distance the eyes and screen, browse under ample lighting and take rest breaks. Moreover, the AOA recommends avid computer and smartphone users get a routine eye check.
It’s not easy to maintain good eye health these days, but drinking tasty bilberry or carrot juice and taking breaks every 20 minutes sound bearable. They may seem like little things, but if they can help, why not give them a try?
This is an adaptation of an article, “The Supplements Phubbers Need,” which first appeared on Eu Yan Sang website.
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