How to Improve the Health of the Retina

How to Improve the Health of the Retina

The retina is one of the most vital parts of your vision system. It is a layer of tissue located at the rear of your eye that senses light and relays those images to your brain. Damage or deterioration of your retina can result in many different eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and nearsightedness.

There are steps everyone can take to help ensure the health of their retinas since most of the risks are environmental. For instance, nearsightedness can be caused by environmental situations such as sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods of time. In this case, simply take frequent breaks from doing work on the computer.

There are many things you can do in your everyday life to help keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong.

Quit Smoking

Smoking can cause damage to your eyes in several different ways.  It can contribute to the development of macular degeneration because it slows the circulation of blood to the eye and retina, which damages the blood vessels of your eye.

Studies have shown that smoking makes a person twice as likely to develop macular degeneration as a non-smoker. Smoking also decreases the level of antioxidants in the blood which helps maintain healthy eyesight.

Your cigarette smoke also affects the retinas of those around you. Children’s eyes are especially vulnerable to retinal damage when exposed to a parent’s secondhand smoke.

On a positive note, the best thing about smoking is that you can stop! Smoking is a choice, as is exposing yourself to second-hand smoke. Most people know that smoking can be a very difficult habit to break, but it is a habit worth breaking!

Protect Your Eyes

How to Improve the Health of the RetinaSometimes we unintentionally expose our eyes to dangers without even realizing it. Too often, people work in jobs that are hazardous to their eyes without even knowing it. Did you know that if you work in retail and use a barcode scanner that you could damage your eyes? Make sure you are never looking at the laser.

Sometimes cashiers at grocery stores and department stores are standing directly above the barcode reader at the cash register. Stand a little off to one side a bit so that your eyes are shielded.

Another hazard to your eyes is debris or particles. If you work in an environment with objects in the air, wear safety glasses. This is especially important for handymen and construction workers who are on sites with sawdust and other material particles in the air. If you sit in front of a computer screen for long periods of time, make sure there is as little glare as possible. And take frequent breaks to rest your eyes and relieve strain.

Change Your Diet

Did you know that a poor diet can lead to poor eyesight? It is vital for good eyesight that you have a diet that contains adequate amounts of vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants, minerals and herbal supplements.

There are many good foods that can help you fix your diet. Check out this list of the 17 vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements you should be consuming. Some foods you might want to try are citrus fruits, fish, leafy green vegetables, spinach, broccoli and nuts; these are great additions to any diet.

While it can be difficult to get every nutrient you need every day, supplements created especially for eye health can be a great alternative.

Relax Your Body and Eyes

In today’s society, we all seem to be moving at 100 mph. Being on the move constantly is not relaxing for your mind, body or eyes. One simple thing you can incorporate into your everyday life is a little relaxation. Take 10 minutes to yourself: sit quietly, close your eyes, and clear your mind.

Another way to rest your eyes, body and mind is to get a good night’s sleep. Most people are more fully rested after eight hours of sleep. And a great night’s sleep can really make a difference in keeping your eyes happy and healthy!

To avoid developing eye diseases and conditions, it’s imperative that we take care of our retinas. The retina is a crucial part of the eye that plays a huge role in vision. By quitting smoking, improving your diet, and protecting your eyes you can ensure your retinas stay healthy. Getting enough sleep each night and rest during the day is also important. The stronger and healthier your retinas are, the better your vision will be.

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18 responses to “How to Improve the Health of the Retina”

  1. alaster says:

    Hello
    We really aprecciate your kindness in sharing this free of charge.
    Two of our 5 sons have been diagnosed with genetical retinochisis and suposedly there is nothing that can be done about it but prevention and being alert for possible detachment.
    We have a very decent diet and we give them suplements to strenghten the eyes wich the Drs say dont help with this condition,but we belive otherwise.
    If there is anything else we can do,please let us know.
    Alaster and Jessica

  2. L. Wiliam says:

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will try to apply some of them to my daily diet.

  3. Iris says:

    Hello,

    I am facing Heredo Macula Degeneratin
    What kind of food to improve my retina
    Carrot or other food
    My Age is 32 years

  4. Furqan says:

    Hello recently we come to know about retina problem for my daughter she is 14 years what precaution should we take to prevent this problem actually her weight is also is underweight she also complaying of headache and some voice kind coming while blinking eye spl left one should we take her to doctor or just take care by give some medicine

  5. Gulshan says:

    I had pneumatic retinopathy done as there were three tears in ratina pl suggest how I can strengthen my ratina regards

  6. Sushma Gautam says:

    Recently my son has been operated for retina detachment. I want a product that could help to strengthen his eyes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have recently had a retinal vessel occludion in my right eye..I’ve been told my vision won’t come back but what foods or supplements could help to break down block vessels…thank you.

  8. Kishore says:

    My daughter age 11 yrs these vision is
    Right eye-(-3.0 170 degree)
    Left eye (-2.75 180 degree)
    Which precusion taken improve eye vision & retina improve )

  9. mohsen says:

    hi. my eyesight is weak and I want to have Lasik surgery on my eyes to improve my sights. But doctors say Corneal thickness is thin and couldn’t have surgery.
    Is it possible to improve my Corneal thickness?
    If yes, how can I do that?
    tx

  10. Ashish says:

    Its blood on retina of my father ‘s eye therefore his eyesight is getting low .what supplements or food to be taken for his eyesight recovery even he is a diabetic patient.

  11. AJIT KUMAR says:

    Hello sir, my name is Ajit kumar and I am 28 years old.I had injury in my left eye there is dark spot in centre of my eye which does not allow me to read or not able to see properly.So I immediately go to sankra Netralaya Kolkata for my eye checkup after OCT & Color founds test they told me that your Retina got scratches and that part of retina get thin.They told me there is no such assured treatment of retina improvement in medical science and you will remain with this vision as it is. So Sir please kindly give some assured treatment my eye for my better future.
    Thank you

  12. Rocco says:

    For retinal health, there are a few basics. Take bilberry, glutathione, vitamins A, C, and E, and pycnogenol. Ginkgo Biloba is also great for the eyes.

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