My husband recently asked his ophthalmologist what he could do about the dry eyes and blurred vision he experiences after driving or reading for extended periods. The doctor suggested the following:
– Blink! When we’re reading or staring at the road or television, computer, phone, etc. screens, we forget to blink, which lubricates our eyeballs.
– Take 1000 mg of one of the following twice a day: fish oil, flaxseed oil, or cod liver oil.
– Use lubricating eye drops.
Another remedy is astaxanthin, a pigment that provides red, yellow and orange coloring to some organisms. It’s found in a variety of seafood and plants. It’s also available in supplement form. General Medicine @ Suite 101 reports that astaxanthin improves “eye health and visual acuity while reducing eye fatigue, dryness, weakness and irritation.” (Preventing Eye Fatigue and Improving Vision: Astaxanthin to the Rescue | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/preventing-eye-fatigue-and-improving-vision-a84517#ixzz1QnSjkYBc)
According to Dr. Mercola/mercola.com, astaxanthin is “the ULTIMATE carotenoid for eye health and the prevention of blindness.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/15/3-ways-to-improve-your-eyesight.aspx)
Mercola also says astaxanthin is now thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature. (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/14/astaxanthin-the-worlds-strongest-antioxidant.aspx) We’ll talk about other benefits of this super-beneficial antioxidant in the next blog.
Here are three additional suggestions from Dr. Mercola for maintaining eye health and improving eyesight:
– Eat right: Normalize blood sugar, eat lots of fresh, dark-green leafy vegetables, consume animal-based omega-3 fatty acids, avoid trans fats, avoid aspartame, don’t smoke.
– Limit environmental toxins: “External factors that contribute to eye damage include fluorescent lights, computer screens, environmental allergens, and chlorine in swimming pools.”
– Sleep: “Sleep time allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover.”
Good eyesight is worth preserving. Only mothers have spare eyeballs on the backs of their heads! Becky