By EWN • 11 August 2021 • 9:06
Treatment of certain types of blindness, like macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa, to name a few, can slow its progression, but at this time there is no cure. It has been researched, and the relationship between lifestyle choices and vision has seen a major impact towards helping to reduce or avoid vision impairment as you get older.
There are a few things you can do to help minimize the loss of your vision besides surgery or drugs, and we look at 4 of the many below.
The Food You Eat
Consuming a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits will do a whole lot of good not just to your eyesight but to the rest of your body too. Leafy greens for instance are rich in nutrients that can help reduce the risk of developing Glaucoma. This is because of the nitrates present in them, which is converted to nitric oxide and this helps to improve the flow of blood to the eye and brain thus reducing and regulating any pressure that is inside the eye.
Kale, collard, spinach and mixed salads are some of the leafy greens you should eat and are good for eye health. To top it off, you can do some eye exercises good for your eyes. According to numerous studies, people who ate more greens showed a 70% less risk of developing eye conditions.
Get Regularly Checked
Going to the optician should be just as regular asgoing to get a checkup at the dentist. If at all things have already degenerated, there are some exceptionally high-quality places that you can get your surgery done. According to one of the leading founders of the corneal institution Tej Kohli, more than 285 million people worldwide have some form of visual impairment and a large percentage of these cases are incurable.
No matter what the issues, getting yourself checked by the optician or ophthalmologist regularly can help avoid some of the hard to detect causes of blindness and either stop them in their tracks or eradicate them if caught in their early stages.
Coffee in Moderation
That’s right, we said it – drink coffee in moderation. Swap that 5thcup of coffee for a cup of tea instead. A minimal amount of coffee per day is fine, however, tea has far more benefits than coffee. A study published by the British Journal of Ophthalmology saw a large difference in those who consumed tea, more than caffeinated drinks and hada lesser chance of suffering from glaucoma as they got older. Drinking less than 5 cups a day is the recommended amount.
Did you know that taking Magnesium supplements may be beneficial to those who have a genetic disposition towards getting Glaucoma and vision impairment? It helps to improve circulation and has been seen to benefit patients who already have this eyesight condition. The point to note is to not take too much, and should only be consumed as per manufacturers instructions and your opticians’ recommendations. Other suggestions include not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.
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