Most adults start developing eyesight issues between their mid-40s and early 50s, particularly when reading and working on computers. Poor vision at close distances is one of the most common vision challenges between the ages of 40 and 60. However, this is a normal change with the eye’s ability to focus and may progress with time.
At first, you may have to hold reading materials far away to see them. With time, you may have to remove your glasses to see reading materials up close. Under dim lighting, print newspapers and restaurant menus may appear blurred.
Your vision may improve if you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses. But, if you want to do more to improve your vision, there are other ways to do so. In this article, we explore eight ways to improve your vision over 50.
There are things you can do naturally to boost your eye health and therefore your vision –
- Eat a balanced and healthy diet rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. Leafy vegetables, carrots, and fish can aid in maintaining eye health. A nutritious diet can help to enhance vision and slow down age-related vision loss.
- Get enough sleep. When you are overtired, your eyes can be more easily strained and feel gritty and dry. Healthy amounts of sleep can decrease tired eyes and therefore improve vision.
- Exercise regularly. Physical fitness can enhance the circulation of your blood and oxygen flow to your eyes. This can help to decrease dry eyes.
- Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear sunglasses with UV protection when you are out in the sun to keep the harmful rays from diminishing your eyesight with prolonged exposure.
Wear eye protection when doing anything that could potentially lead to eye injury.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) publishes that the most common visual issues for young adults (people between the ages of 19 and 40) are related to injuries and stress on the eyes.
- Take breaks from screen time. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that if you spend a lot of time looking at a screen, such as a computer or smartphone, take a break and look 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds at a time. This can help to prevent digital eye strain, which can cause eye fatigue, headaches, neck tension, and decreased vision.
- Obtain regular eye exams. The National Eye Institute (NEI) publishes that this is the best way to ensure that your eyes are in the best health possible. An eye exam can catch potential issues right away and aid in maintaining eye and vision health.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase the risk for many physical health issues, including optic nerve damage, macular degeneration related to age, and cataracts — all of which can negatively impact vision.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands and face thoroughly and regularly. Keep cosmetics and chemicals out of the eyes. If you wear contacts, clean and store them properly.
Importance of Eye Care in Ayurveda
The eye is considered as one of the most vital organs of the body because vision plays a crucial role in the social and intellectual development of a person. Moreover, about 80% of the knowledge we gain is through the eyes only. So, our existence and status in this universe are directly influenced by the eye.
Many of the eye problems can be eliminated by avoiding faulty lifestyles. Smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption, high fat diet and junk food, chronic stress, prolonged exposure to bright light from computer and TV screens are a few examples that damage the eye health. Clinical conditions like ARMD, diabetic/hypertensive retinopathy, computer vision syndrome, may occur as a result as well. According to Ayurveda, the eye diseases can be prevented, and proper vision can be maintained for a long time by following specific points in life, such as dinacharya, ritucharya, sadhvritta, swasthavritta, and taking chakshyusyarasayana.
- Dinacharya: From the perspective of Ayurvedic sciences, following a proper dinacharyaor daily routine puts us in alignment with nature’s rhythms and helps us to maintain overall health
- Ritucharya: Ritucharya or seasonal routine consists of a lifestyle and Ayurvedic diet regimen and discipline to deal with the mental and physical impacts caused by seasonal changes
- Sadhvritta: Sadhvritta is the behavioural and moral principles that help a human being to live a healthy and stress-free life
- Swasthavritta: embrace all the factors of dinacharya, ritucharya, ratricharya, sadhvrittato achieve the goal of perpetual health and happiness
- Chakshyusya Rasayana: Chakshyusya Rasayana or Ayurvedic medicine for eyes can be administered along with other therapies and practices to improve the condition and prevent disorders of the eye
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Better Eye Care
Ayurveda describes several ways to maintain the strength and health of your eyes –
Cool water wash
When you wash your face in the morning, Ayurveda recommends splashing cold water on the eyes while holding water in your mouth. This makes your eyes feel fresh. You can also use an eyecup to cool your eyes.
Gazing into the flame of a ghee lamp is a traditional Ayurvedic eye care method followed for
centuries to strengthen and soothe the eyes. To prepare a ghee lamp, use a small bowl of ghee and place a cotton wick in it. Using a wick made of genuine cotton is better.
Now, light the wick and place the lamp two or three feet away from you. Gaze at the flame for a minute or two without blinking. It is known to improve the lustrous quality of eyes.
Goat milk to reduce eye strain
Ayurveda suggests that dipping a cotton ball or a piece of gauze in goat’s milk and putting it on the eyes can relieve eye strain and make them feel better.
Put a drop of castor oil on each eye before going to bed. Make sure to use an oil with no preservatives. Also, rub some oil into the soles of your feet. You will wake up with fresh and bright eyes.
Cucumber is well known for its anti-irritation properties. When applied to the eyes, it can help in reducing inflammation, puffiness, swelling, and irritation. As it has high water content, they work as a useful Ayurvedic remedy for dry eyes.
Home remedies for certain eye conditions
- Conjunctivitis: Amla is an excellent remedy for dealing with conjunctivitis. You can also prepare a decoction from coriander and use it as an eyewash to reduce burning, swelling, and redness
- Burning sensation in eyes: Take a cotton pad and soak it in rose water, milk or aloe vera juice. Let the cotton pad stay on your closed eyes for about ten to twenty minutes
- Stressed and dry skin around the eyes: Gently rub a drop of almond oil above and under the eyes to keep it smooth and ease the stress
- Redness: Application of a paste of milk and castor oil or sandal and milk is a beneficial Ayurveda eye treatment
Home made herbal eyewash
A home-made herbal eyewash can be a great way to deal with minor eye irritation when you need a quick fix or can’t reach a medical store. Follow the steps mentioned below to make your natural eyewash.
- Take half a teaspoon of organic Triphala powder and mix it in a cup of boiling water.
It’s better to use distilled water instead of tap water.
- Let the solution cool down, and then strain the particles with a clean cloth.
- Now dip a small towel in the solution and place it over your eyes.
- Blink frequently to enable the solution to enter your eyes.
- You can soak your eyes in the eyewash for around five minutes and pat it dry. It is recommended to do it before going to bed.
Rosewater is commonly used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can be used as a soothing eye rinse as well. To create your own rose water eye drops, mix one teaspoon of organic honey with three tablespoons of organic rose water in a jar or bottle. Use a dropper to apply it to your eyes. Before preparing your eye drops, check whether the natural rose water has any added ingredients or chemicals as they may cause further irritation.
Herbs for Better Vision & Ayurvedic eye care
- Ginkgo Biloba
Improving your vision naturally often comes down to eye health in general. Healthy lifestyle choices and regular eye exams are the optimal method for keeping your eyesight as good as possible for as long as you can.