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Saturday, 15 November 2014

6 Fantastic Ways to Look After Your Eye Health 

 Computer Screen Habits
 With so many of us spending more and more time at the computer screen  eye strain is becoming more prevalent.  If you work at a computer it is important to take regular breaks.  Every 20 minutes take a small break and then a longer one every hour.  It is important to refocus your eyes -  so look out of the window at the sky or something distant and then come back to something close.  Do this ten times every 20 minutes.  It is also a good time to refocus your thoughts. 
Eat Food for healthy vision 
Omega 3 fatty acids – salmon, tuna, sardines, walnuts and flaxseed – reduces inflammation.  Eat oily fish 3 times per week.
Zinc – kidney beans, seafood, poultry, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts– helps with night vision and cataracts.  Brazil nuts are also a good source of selenium which is absent in our soils now.
Vitamin C – citrus, tomatoes, capsicum etc – supports healthy blood vessels.
Vitamin E – nuts, sunflower seeds – protection from free radicals
Lutein and Zeaxanthin – green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts – can help protect against macular degeneration and retinal damage.  Eat fresh green leafy vegetables daily.
Wear Sunglasses
Provide adequate protection for your eyes by wearing good quality sunglasses to reduce sunlight exposure  and reduce glare.  Don’t forget them if you go ski-ing.  This will also help reduce lines from squinting.
Have an Annual Eye Examination
No vision problems?  An annual eye check is still important to check for glaucoma and make sure the macula is checked.

Acupressure
Here are some points you can use daily –
·         On the foot:  press down on the spot between the great toe and the 2nd toe.  You may feel a slight ache or soreness.  Hold for about 30 seconds on each side.
·         On your hand:  When your thumb is close to the index finger, this point is located  about level with the end of the crease on the “meatier” part of the muscle.  Press, rub and hold.  It should feel achy or sore.
·         On your face:  Locate the area outside the bony rim – between your eyebrow and your eye – and press gently along from the inner eyebrow to the end
     Tea for Sore, Tired or Red Eyes
Combine either a peppermint tea bag or fresh mint leaves with 3-4 goji berries and 2 dried chrysanthemum flowers (available from Asian grocery stores) in a mug or pot.   Boil the kettle, wait for 3-4 minutes for water to cool slightly and pour into mug or pot.  I often make one up in the morning and just top it up with warm water through the day. 

And lastly, don’t smoke.

Resources: 
(www.mdfoundation.com.au – Macular Disease Foundation, Australia)

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