How to Decrease Eye Fatigue and Increase Visual Acuity
In order to keep up with society’s demands for electronic portability, computer screens keep getting smaller and smaller. Smartphones, tablets, tiny notebook computers - these days, the smaller the device, the more sought after it is. However, our visual acuity is not getting any better. In fact, perpetually staring at these miniature images on our computer screens is a serious cause of eye fatigue, and that can lead to long term vision problems. As someone who personally suffers from weakened eyesight, I need all the help I can get in maintaining good eye health. Here are some tips I have found that can sharpen and increase visual acuity.
Diet is Key
As with everything that relates to our body, good dietary choices are necessary for healthy eyes. Intake of Vitamins A, C, E and minerals such as copper and zinc are crucial for improving vision.
Beta-caroten, lutein, and zeanthin are types of anti-oxidants that can strengthen and protect your eyes. What foods can you find these nutrients in? Dark leafy greens such as romaine and spinach. Eggs yolks, bell peppers (especially the yellow ones), pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots (orange vegetables typically are loaded with beta carotene).
Allium foods such as onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks contain nutrients that can help protect the lenses of our eyes from forming cataracts. So keep a breath mint on hand, and eat up.
Blueberries and grapes have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that are great for vision.
Fish is an excellent eye-saver because it contains the fatty acid DHA. Coldwater fish like salmon and mackerel is especially recommended.
Of course, when discussing dietary measures to aid in eye health, it is important not to overlook dietary disasters that can damage vision over a long period of time. Tobacco, excessive alcohol, and caffeine can all have negative effects on long-term visual health.
Exercises and Eye Rest
Exercising your eyes can help preserve your vision. Here are some practices that are recommended to decrease eye fatigue:
The Eye Roll. Look up and slowly circle your eyes 10 times clockwise and then 10 times counterclockwise.
The Object Focus. Hold an object (like a pencil) at arm's length. Focus on it with your eyes, then slowly bring the object close until it is about 6 inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back to arm’s length, keeping your eyes focused on the object. Do this ten times.
The Temple Massage. Gently rub your temples with your thumb knuckles, massaging in small circles. Do this 20 times in one direction and then 20 in the other. Also try this same procedure in the center of your forehead just above your eyebrows.
Rest Those Peepers!
Give your eyes a break. Routinely during the day, rest your eyes by closing them for about three minutes. If you don’t have a full three minutes, then take whatever time you do have to close them. If you have extra time, it’s most optimal to take a thirty minute to an hour nap (wouldn’t that be nice).
Get enough sleep. The Eight Hour Rule applies here. If you are not getting enough rest, your overall eye health will suffer.
Utilizing these few tips can strengthen your vision and increase your overall eye health.