6 Ways to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally

by Dawn Chen
HEALTH  |  October 20, 2017
  • Keep your eyes healthy and strong
    1 / 7 Keep your eyes healthy and strong

    Fun fact: Your eye muscles are probably the busiest muscles in your body, moving and twitching more than an estimated 100,000 times a day. Your peepers work hard to process the world around you and it’s time to treat them with care. Singapore may have established itself as the myopia capital of the world, but there are still steps you can take to protect your vision and ensure it doesn’t become worse. Here are some easy ways you can take care of your eyes to improve your eyesight naturally! (Also Read: Feeling Forgetful? 10 Quick Ways to Improve Brain Health and Cut Dementia Risk)

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  • Get enough sleep
    2 / 7 Get enough sleep

    Here’s another reason to hit the sack earlier: Sleeping actually allows your eyes to fully rest and recharge after an entire day of strain. If you short-change yourself of sleep at night, you risk developing dry eyes which can lead to pain, itchiness and blurry vision. In more severe cases, you may also experience optic nerve damage due to strain and poor blood circulation in your eyes.

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  • Give your eyes a break
    3 / 7 Give your eyes a break

    Our fast-paced and modern society means we’re constantly checking our devices. The typical office worker’s eyes go through a lot in a day: you spend an average of 10 hours staring at the screen. On the way home, it’s normal to scroll through your social media feed while commuting, or engage in a few rounds of Tsum Tsum. Post-dinner, you may veg out on the couch and catch up on the latest Netflix episodes. Let your eyes rest by cutting down on screen time and taking a break by closing your eyes for a short while or looking out the window once every 20 minutes.

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  • Turn down your screen’s brightness
    4 / 7 Turn down your screen’s brightness

    By default, most devices tend to have very high screen brightness. This can cause unnecessary strain to your eyes and can even lead to headaches. Check the brightness settings on your screens and tone it down. Your eyes should also be level with the top of your monitor when using computers or laptops so that you’re looking down slightly at your screen. This cuts glare for a more comfortable working environment. (Also Read: How to Protect Your Eyes While Doing Sports)

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  • Stop using your phone in the dark
    5 / 7 Stop using your phone in the dark

    If have a habit of scrolling through Instagram while lying in bed, it’s time to stop. Using your devices in the dark creates added strain for your eyes because of the glare. And – not trying to scare you – in two case studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it was also shown that viewing a smartphone screen in the dark just before going to bed resulted in temporary blindness. Researchers think this happens when your eyes don’t adapt well to the brightness of the screen and the subsequent lack of light after, causing your eyes to go “blind” for a few minutes.

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  • Nourish your eyes
    6 / 7 Nourish your eyes

    Load your plate with nutrient-dense food for healthier eyes. Certain antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to lower one’s risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Find them in dark green leafy vegetables like kale or spinach. The old wives’ tale about eating carrots for better eyes holds some truth too. Orange-hued fruits and vegetables like carrots are actually high in beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A and an essential nutrient that helps the eye function well. (Also Read: What to Eat For Healthier Eyes)

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  • Invest in a pair of sunglasses
    7 / 7 Invest in a pair of sunglasses

    Ever noticed that your eyes feel extra tired or gritty after walking out to lunch under the blazing sun? Well, guess what? Your peepers can get sunburnt too. Put on a pair of sunnies that block both UVA and UVB rays. This way, you’ll protect your eyes from the glare plus you won’t be straining your peepers to see.

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