Age reverse – eyes, health and beauty

We often think that eye deterioration as we age is inevitable – it isn’t. 
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye, which focuses the image on the retina becomes cloudy resulting in diminished images.  Exercise is key to preventing cataracts because it increases circulation to the eye bringing the nutrients and oxygen to the eye that are required for health. Smoking on the other hand reduces circulation to the eye.

Presbyopia is when the lens loses its ability to focus over a range of distances resulting in the eye being only able to see near or far images clearly.  Key here are eye exercises. Please see my video Eye yoga on YouTube.

Macular degeneration refers to loss of central retinal function. Good nutrition helps here.  Make sure your diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables including leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds to ensure you are getting antioxidants to neutralise the free radicals that cause eye deterioration. Omega 3s is also essential for eye health.  Vegan supplements are made from marine algae. You might also want to take a supplement of lutein and zeaxanthin.  Also make sure you have good lighting when you are working and if you work at a computer have regular ‘eye breaks.

Other tips
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses – research shows that even the less expensive ones are effective in protecting your eyes from UV damage.
  • Make sure you have regular eye checks.  If you have a close relative with glaucoma, you are allowed free yearly eye checks.  If you experience a sudden increase in floaters or flashing lights seek medical help immediately. 
As we age we can often notice dark circles under the eyes because the skin under the eyes is thinner and the blood vessels become more visable producing the darkening.  This is made worse by dehydration so make sure you drink plenty of water or herbal tea and have enough sleep since lack of sleep is dehydrating.  Dark circles can also be made worse by the sun so make sure you wear your sun glasses.  
As we age the skin around the eyes gets drier and thinner and the lack of oestrogen affects the collagen under the skin resulting in ‘crows feet’.  As well as moisturising ensure your diet includes sources of phytoestrogens such as edamame beans, soy milk, or tofu as well as beans, lentils and leafy green vegetables.  Pat your delicate eye skin dry after showering and wear sun glasses in bright light to prevent squinting.
Puffy eyes and bags under the eyes are caused by the tissues that surround the eyes weakening and a consequent build up of fluid. The appearance of bags and puffiness can be reduced by placing slices of cold cucumber on closed eyes and resting for 20 minutes.

Hope this helps

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  1. I can't find your eye yoga video ...

  2. oh good grief, and as soon as I posted that, you know what happened. See why I need eye yoga?


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