There can be several underlying causes for blurry vision at night. One of the best ways to address the problem is to first find out why you are experiencing the blurry vision. It could be cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, myopia, astigmatism or some other eye ailment. After learning the underlying cause, it is easier to address the problem through dietary changes.
To pinpoint the exact cause of your blurry night vision, you will probably need to have an eye exam. Once the cause is known, you can begin to address the problem through proper diet. While an overall healthy diet should be your goal, each eye ailment has a unique vitamin and mineral combination for your best chance at a natural recovery.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a disorder of the light sensitive tissue of the eye. It develops as a complication of the disease diabetes. Over time, if not kept in check, it can lead to blindness. Just like a diabetic needs to control their diet to control their disease, their diet can also affect their chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. If they develop the disease, diet can also help slow the progression of the disease.
To control your chances of developing diabetic retinopathy if you are diabetic, try to control your blood sugar levels. Be very conscious about what you eat and how much you are eating. Another way to control your blood sugar is to make sure you are getting adequate exercise.
Myopia and Astigmatism
Some people with myopia and astigmatism do not even realize they have these ailments until they experience blurry night vision. While in bright light, the pupil is small so there is a greater depth-of-focus so vision appears sharper. While at night, in the darkness, the pupil is open to allow more light in. This makes the depth-of-focus reduced and makes objects appear blurry. It can occur in one eye or both eyes. Myopia and Astigmatism can occur together.
Myopia occurs when the eyeball is shaped too long or the cornea has too much curvature to it. Either of these two can cause the light entering the eye to not focus correctly. This results in distant objects looking blurred.
The risk of myopia can be reduced by adding more calcium, fluoride, selenium, vitamin D and vitamin C to your daily foods. Calcium can be added with foods like cheese, milk, yogurt, and okra. Fluoride can be found in seafood, tea and gelatin. Selenium is in Brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, poultry and mushrooms. Adding Vitamin D is easy with foods like fish, oysters, cod liver oil, eggs and mushrooms.
Astigmatism is when the cornea has an odd or irregular shape. This causes the light to reflect through the eye and on to the retina in an uneven pattern. To combat astigmatism, you should try adding more vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C to your diet.
Some good sources of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, milk, fish and mangos. For vitamin B, try some eggs, dairy foods, salmon and trout. To get the vitamin C you need, add foods like citrus fruits, kale, pineapple, mangos, and kiwi.
Cataracts are the result of cloudiness in the lens of the eye. The cloudiness limits the amount of light which can pass through the lens. This can make your vision blurry. Surgery is usually the only way to correct a cataract once it has occurred, but by improving your diet, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing cataracts.
The best way to keep cataracts at bay through diet choices is to reduce the amount of red meat that you eat. Then, make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. To add vitamin C to your diet, eat more bell peppers, broccoli, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Vitamin E can be added to your diet with sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados, shellfish and olive oil.
Many people are less familiar with lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants which help protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays in sunlight. They have both been associated with better vision, especially in dim light situations. To add lutein and zeaxanthin to your diet, eat more kale, collard greens, spinach, corn and broccoli.
Other Dietary Options
Sometimes it is difficult to fit the appropriate foods into your diet because of cost, availability, maybe even food allergies. If you find yourself not getting enough of the correct vitamins and minerals on a regular basis, you should consider adding a vitamin supplement. The best option would be to add one that is specifically formulated to address the needs of your eyes, like our Ocu-Plus Formula. It will help fill the gaps left by your diet.
Even if you don’t currently have blurry night vision or any other specific eye ailment, consider improving your diet to prolong your healthy eyesight. It is important to get the essential vitamins, minerals and herbs that are beneficial to overall healthy eyesight.