Your eyes are the only visible part of your central nervous system. As they’re connected directly to your brain, the health of your brain is reflected in your eyes.
Eyes reveal your inner health
Scientists have also discovered the same tangled plaque in eye tissue as in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease and new research suggests that by looking after the health of your eyes, you are also taking care of your brain’s health. The research is still in the early stages – so keep an eye out for updates!
Simple steps for healthy eyes
Eat well, Move more and stay hydrated
- Just like the rest of your body, your eyes thrive on being well nourished and hydrated.
- Make sure that you drink enough fluids.Watery foods like soup count - welcome news on a chilly day!
- Oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Omega 3 helps to lubricate dry eyes
- Meat and pumpkin seeds to top up on zinc
- Liver, egg yolks and dairy which are packed with vitamin A
- Almonds and sunflower seeds. Both are powerhouses of vitamin E
- Dark green leafy vegetables, kale, peas, brussels sprouts, squash and yes, carrots for their range of super strength antioxidants
- Move more. Just a walk each day will boost the circulation to your eyes
Just like any other muscle, you eye muscles need both exercise and relaxation for optimum health.
Rest on the horizon
It seems that everyone is online more often and for longer. Your eye muscles lose their range of movement if they’re fixed in one place for too long. Think 20:20:20. Every 20 minutes look at something 20m away for 20 seconds. Whenever you’re outside, look as far away as you can as though you’re ‘resting your eyes on the horizon’.
Crosses and circles
Keep your head still and just move your eyes. Be careful not to frown so you keep your eyes relaxed. Turn your eyes slowly to the right, then slowly over to the left. Turn your eyes up towards the ceiling (don’t tip your head back) and then turn your eyes down to look at the floor. Blink a few times. Turn your eyes around in a circle, twice in one direction and then twice going the other way around. Blink again a few times.
Broaden your gaze
Wake up your peripheral vision. Stretch your arm out in front at shoulder height and point your index finger up towards the ceiling. Keep your eyes facing straight ahead. Move your arm slowly out to the side until your index finger is outside the range of your vision. Repeat on the other side.
After all the movement, this is a relaxation exercise for your eyes. You might want to incorporate it at regular intervals during the day, particularly whenever your eyes are feeling strained. Take your glasses off if you wear them (after you’ve read the instructions!). Vigorously rub your hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes. Place the heel of your hand on your cheekbone and cover your eyes with your palms and rest there for a moment. After a minute, slowly open your fingers. Blink a few times.
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