Your eyes are among the most delicate, complex organs in your body.
But your eyes are under constant strain from internal and external forces. Like UVB rays from the sun that attack your lens and cornea and free radicals that can erode your macula – the part of your retina that lets you see clearly and read small print. Not to mention the dust particles and other pollutants that cause dryness, eyestrain and inflammation.
To stay sharp, your eyes need a constant supply of key nutrients.
Two of the most important nutrients are lutein and zeaxanthin. They’re powerful antioxidants that can make all the difference in the quality of your vision.
In fact, one study shows people with high levels of these three nutrients were found to have overall better eye health.1 And the National Eye Institute found that these nutrients help reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration by 25%.2
That’s because lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids. carotenoids act like sunglasses. They block and protect your eyes from harmful UVB rays and break down free radicals.
Lutein is found around the outer edges of your macula. And zeaxanthin is found at the center. Together they give you complete protection.
There are other nutrients that can help you see more clearly, too:
* Zinc and copper help you focus and read fine print.
* Vitamin C fights free radicals. It also prevents oxidative damage in your eyes.
* Lycopene is another powerful antioxidant and free-radical fighter.
* L-taurine strengthens the cells of your retina and protects your lenses from drying out.
* Ginko bilboa and vinopocetine boost healthy blood circulation to your eyes and lower inflammation.
Each of these eye boosters is available as a supplement. But I suggest you try to get them from the foods you eat first. I recommend eating brightly colored, locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables for the right mix of carotenoids.
Another way to improve your vision is through exercise.
Like any other part of your body, your eye muscles need to stay in shape to optimally function.
The muscles in and around your eyes can get stiff with age, which is one of the reasons we need reading glasses.
But you can easily make your eyes as relaxed, toned and flexible as they used to be – and reach for your reading glasses less and less!
Leading optometrist Dr. Ray Gottlieb and the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision have designed a therapy called The Read Without Glasses Method. It’s based on 150-year-old science. This method consists of simple exercises that take just a few minutes to do each day.. They help improve your near vision and keep your eyes strong and focused – regardless of your age.
To find out more about how this innovative method could help keep your close up vision as you age, visit www.bettervision.com.