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Eye health: Easy ways to boost your vision

Just like the rest of your body, your eyes need a healthy supply of nutrients to function correctly. Eat a well-balanced diet full of vegetables and fruits that are high in Vitamins A, B and C. An omega-3 supplement may also keep your eyes lubricated and help protect against macular degeneration.

The muscles that move your eyes are just as important as the other muscles in your body. Like your arms and legs, they need exercise to stay strong and flexible. To exercise your eyes, roll them in a circular motion ten times daily to get the blood flowing, and practice looking at the sides for a few minutes at a time.

UV light is a thief-of-vision. Avoid unnecessary exposure to UV light by wearing sunglasses when going outdoors, and never look directly into the sun. Limiting exposure to UV light will help to prevent premature damage to your eyes.

Your eyes work from the time you get up until you go to sleep. Give your eyes a break throughout the day, and blink often. Blinking bathes your eyes in protective tears, and keeping your eyes shut for a few moments allows the retina to reset and the eye to dilate. If you spend lots of time outdoors, try to close your eyes for a few minutes every other hour.

Use vision aids, such as magnification settings on your computer or phone, to make reading small print easier. This reduces strain and encourages blood flow to your eyes. If you are reading “super-small” print such as textbooks, consider purchasing a book magnifier. This looks like a clear sheet of paper and is a great way to catch up on the latest novel without straining your eyes.