Natural Ways to Preserve Your Eyesight

Updated on December 5, 2017
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Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them to save money.

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You are only born with one set of eyes. Therefore, you should make it a lifelong goal to preserve your eyesight. With today’s technology, there are many procedures and surgeries that reduce your need for eyeglasses. However, since you may have to have future surgeries, it is better to learn how to naturally preserve your eyesight and reduce the risk of eye disease and degeneration. You can do this by eating healthy, preventing damage, and protecting your eyes.

Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Flavonoids


The one thing you need to look at is if you are including enough Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. These acids play a major role in lowering the risk of macular degeneration especially in people who are over sixty years old. Foods that are rich in this include:

  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseed
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Trout
  • Tuna


Just like Omega-3, flavonoids play a role in slowing down macular degeneration. These also help lower high blood pressure, which has a direct impact on poor eyesight.

Blueberries are an excellent source of flavonoids. By including a cup of these berries in your daily diet, you may notice an improvement in your eyesight within three months. These berries, as well as other dark berries, contain anthocyanins which are powerful anti-oxidants. We need these in our bodies to protect it from free radicals which are damaged cells that attack healthy ones.

Foods Rich in Vitamin B2

Look for food that contains riboflavin or Vitamin B2. This vitamin helps boost your immune system by building up immunity to illnesses and resisting diseases. This vitamin also aids in increasing the energy in your body as well as “. . . maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function” (WebMD). Foods that are high in this vitamin include:

  • Almonds
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Muesli
  • Wheat Germ
  • Yogurt

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Foods Rich in Vitamins A and E

Your eyes need plenty of Vitamin A for healthy eyesight. Not only is this vitamin necessary for good vision, you need it for optimal health, strong bones and teeth, and youthful looking skin. The following is a major source of this vitamin:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carrots
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Fish
  • Oranges
  • Palm Oil
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes

Vitamin A also provides a powerful anti-oxidant known as beta-carotene. Foods that contain this, such as carrots, help prevent macular degeneration.

Vitamin E also contains anti-aging properties. Foods that contain this vitamin include:

  • Avocados
  • Butternuts
  • Canola Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Oily Fish
  • Olive Oil
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Walnuts

If you are not sure you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients in your daily diet, visit your local health food store. They sell plenty of eye-saving supplements that maintain and preserve healthy eyes.

Protecting Your Eyesight

While eating foods that contain eye-saving vitamins and nutrients, it is not enough in preserving your eyesight. There are other things you need to do.

Do you like spending time outdoors such as spending time at the beach or just walking around your neighborhood? You may not realize this, but your eyes can be damaged by the sun. Prior to the next time you plan to be outdoors, purchase a pair of sunglasses. Make sure that they are UVA and UVB sunglasses. It is best to purchase a pair that is curved so it will prevent the UV rays from entering the sides of your eyes. If you use artificial tanning equipment, use approved glasses for the beds.

You already know that cigarette smoke is not good for you. You can develop many lung-related diseases, including cancer, even from second-hand smoke. However, did you know that this smoke can also affect your eyesight as well? It is best not to smoke and to avoid places where smoking is allowed.

Always make sure to keep your body dehydrated. Your body needs water and that includes your eyes. Make sure that you drink at least 8 cups of water a day. This helps all the cells in your body to function properly.

Keep your eyes lubricated. You may not know this, but your eyes can pick up a lot of microorganisms, dust and other particles throughout the day. Therefore, it is important to rinse your eyes with distilled water to remove these harmful decontaminates and to keep them moistened. The best times to wash your eyes are when you wake up, when you have been exposed to dust and when you have been outdoors for an extended period of time.

Just like your body needs exercise, your eyes need it as well. Close your eyes and gently massage your eyeballs two to three times a day. You will notice a big difference in your eyesight.

Always make sure that you get 8 hours of sleep a night. Just how your body needs rest, your eyes need them as well. They work a lot during the day and get tired. With a good night sleep, your eyes will be rejuvenated for their next day of work.

If you have not already done so, find a good eye doctor even if you do not think there is anything wrong with your eyes. Especially if you are over 40, you should have an appointment at least every two years. Since these are qualified doctors, they can know the health of your eyes and catch any potential problems before they get out of hand.

Regardless of your age, it is important to preserve your eyesight. Whether you are a young adult or an elderly person, it is neither too soon nor too late to include eye benefiting nutrients in your daily diet.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Lois Ryan


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    • SgtCecil profile image

      Cecil Kenmill 

      18 months ago from Osaka, Japan

      Good information here. Most of these suggestions have many other health benefits, too!

    • LoisRyan1965 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lois Ryan 

      2 years ago from Binghamton NY

      Massaging always works for me. Thank you

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for this informative and helpful article. I'll try massaging the eyeballs, and of course some of the other suggestions you offered.


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