There are many foods, herbs and vitamins that can help improve and restore eyesight. Eye exercises, sunning, palming and acupressure are helpful and effective methods to do. I encourage you to research these on online. Also Sleep! – Getting plenty of zzz’s helps rest and rejuvenate the eyes. Drink plenty of water. Take 10 minute breaks from the computer or TV. Use good lighting while reading a book, newspaper or magazine. Below are listed a number of great natural ingredients as well.
Almonds – Because Almonds are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids they
greatly help improve vision. In addition, they boost concentration and memory! Eating 12 almonds a day is recommended and is delicious. Another daily method is to soak the almonds overnight in water. Then peel off the skins, grind up the nut meat into a butter or paste and enjoy it with a glass of warm milk.
Aloe Vera – Is very beneficial for the eyes. Aloe vera is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It has antiseptic properties which help in relieving eye irritation and pain.
Mix the aloe vera gel half and half with water. Use an eye dropper to put it in the eyes 3-4 times a day. This will relieve eye irritation, dryness and brighten eyesight.
Bilberry – This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It protects against cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and improves blood circulation and night vision. Because it is high in anthocyanodes, it helps counteract high blood pressure and diabetic related retinal problems.
Because bilberries can interact with medication or other herbs, consult with your doctor before taking bilberry extract or eating the ripe berries. Eat 1/2 cup ripe bilberries daily or 160 mg extract 2x day 3x week.
Ginkgo Biloba – Improves blood flow and circulation of the eyes, thereby, improving your vision. research shows that people with retinopathy may also benefit from using Ginko Biloba. It is known to protect against macular degeneration and glaucoma, relieve anxiety and help improve thinking and memory. Consult your doctor before taking this herb if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Also, Ginko Biloba should not be given to children. Take 1 120 ml. capsule 2x day upon doctor approval.
Green tea – A cup or two a day of green tea is full of beneficial antioxidants and powerful eye healthy nutrients. Green tea contains a flavonoid called gallocatechin – that collects in the retina and works to protect it from harmful blue light. Zeaxanthin and lutein, are also in small amounts in green tea, both are important antioxidants for the eye. Green tea extract has also been shown to support the tissues on the ocular surface and inhibit a protein called MMP-9 which has been proven to be a major contributor of occasional dry eye.
Other beneficial foods to eat are leafy green vegetables, broccoli, carrots, grapes, blueberries, onions, garlic, eggs, capers, shallots and cold water fish.