Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to eat your carrots so you could see in the dark? Well there was actually something to that. Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A and beta carotene, which really does help your eyesight.
Studies have shown that people who regularly consume foods with these nutrients can actually decrease symptoms of blurred vision and other eye disorders. So what can cause blurred vision to begin with? It can actually be caused by several things and there may be something you can do at home to help relieve it.
People that watch TV for extended periods of time, read, or do extended work on a computer will often experience blurred vision after they have been working for awhile. This is because when you are reading or looking at a computer, you are working your eyes more than usual without looking around and exercising them and you tend to blink less.
If you do this kind of work, take frequent breaks to look around and if you are experiencing dry eyes, make a concentrated effort to blink more. Also, there are several eye drops on the market that can be helpful.
There are also eye disorders such as astigmatism and cataracts that can cause blurred vision. Astigmatism is when your cornea doesn’t properly project an image onto your retina and will cause headaches, squinting and blurred vision. Cataracts are caused when protein builds up on the lens of your eye and doesn’t allow light to filter through. Obviously, this will cause your vision to become blurry as well.
The good news is that there are several things that you can do to help your blurred vision. If it’s simply a matter of eye strain, rest your eyes every fifteen to twenty minutes by looking away from your computer. Make a concentrated effort to blink more. If none of this works for you, there are several different eye exercises that you can do to improve your vision in general, and there is always the option of glasses. If your blurred vision occurred suddenly or is accompanied by pain, you should see you doctor or optometrist because it may be a symptom of another illness.
In order to maintain good eye health, eat a balanced diet, use a quality eye supplement, and get plenty of sleep. Healthy living habits can help prevent illnesses such as diabetes that causes eye damage. Just as with the rest of your body, improper rest will cause your eyes to work harder than they have to and can cause blurred vision, so sometime the best thing that you can do for your eyes is close them!
If you regularly work on a computer, make sure to set a timer that goes off every 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, look away from your computer screen and blink your eyes for a few minutes. This will help your eyes not get so strained and dry, which will drastically help lower the chances of blurred vision and permanent eye damage.