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Set your sight right

Set your sight right
Ella Tan
  • On March 7, 2015
  • http://www.medhatter.sg

By NATURE SHANKAR – Throw a pebble into a crowd and you’re likely to hit someone with poor vision. (But don’t try it unless you’re prepared to have your face rearranged!)

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We are an extremely short-sighted nation as people of Chinese descent are prone to myopia, and with our constant peering at smart phones and tablets, we are stressing our eyes. Plus, all races are experiencing presbyopia as our population ages. Presbyopia usually occurs beginning at around age 40, when people experience blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer. You can’t escape presbyopia, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before but you can slow down deterioration.

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To correct myopia, it’s of course possible to go for corrective laser eye surgery, more commonly known as LASIK. For people with cataracts, cataract removal  is a routine procedure these days.

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However, if you can naturally keep your vision from worsening and this includes slowing down the development age related macular degeneration (AMD), then, why not do it?

A nutrient rich diet is one of the natural ways to protect or even heal your eyes. Boost eye health by eating foods such as dark leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and yellow capsicum, which contain powerful antioxidants.

If you can’t be like a bunny and munch carrots all day, drink organic, freshly pressed carrot juice twice a day. And bulk up on other foods rich in beta-carotene eg sweet potatoes, mango, pumpkins, apricots and cantaloupe.

Sulfur-rich foods such as onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, coconut and legumes; which also contain lecithin and cysteine reduce the chances of cataracts by strengthening the lens of your eye.

Blueberries, black currants, goji berries and acai berries contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatorynutrients that considerably improve eye health!

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