4 Secrets to Preserve Your Eyesight

By guest blogger Dr. Mao Shing Ni, DOM, PhD, ABAAHP, LAc; author of the bestselling book Secrets of Longevity.

More than ever, we use our eyes to stare at small type and images on computer screens, televisions, and cellphones—a modern trend that leads to eye fatigue and an increase in age-related eye problems. But diminished eyesight does not have to be an inevitable part of a long life. Use these 5 secrets to promote and preserve the health of your eyes.

1. Drink juice to brighten your eyesight

An age-old Chinese folk remedy for clearing the vision is a juice blend of celery, peppermint, and Chinese parsley. Research has caught up with this wisdom, and we now know that luteolin, an antioxidant bioflavonoid found in these three ingredients, has been found to provide the best protection to cell DNA from radiation. Some evidence shows that luteolin helps protect the eye from UV radiation damage, as well as from glycation, a process in which sticky sugar molecules bind up protein, potentially damaging the retina. Luteolin also promotes healthy blood sugar levels and regulates insulin sensitivity. Blend together celery, peppermint, and Chinese parsley in a blender with a little water, or in a juicer. Drink this fresh juice daily to see well into the future!
2. Eat for eye health

Let nature help you maintain vision health with its bounty of beneficial foods for eyesight. Spinach is full of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that protect your retina from the macular degeneration that comes with age. Don’t forget: Fat increases lutein absorption, so remember to sauté your spinach in a little olive oil. Other lutein- and zeaxanthin-dense vegetables include spinach, kale, turnip greens, collards, mustard greens, squash, green peas, broccoli, pumpkin, and corn.

Chlorophyll-rich algae like spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algae possess nutrients that are beneficial for the eyes. Carrots, loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, are also a great help to your eyes. Bilberry, a cousin of blueberry, boosts blood flow to eye nerves and is also rich in antioxidants. Goji berry is used to strengthen the eyesight, so snack on them between meals.

My herbal remedy, Eyes, contains lycium fruit and chrysanthemum flower to help nourish dry, tired, and blurry eyes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this classic herbal combination is formulated to nourish and enrich kidney and liver yin to benefit the eyes.
3. Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is essential for good eye function, so drink filtered water regularly to stay hydrated. A slow and regular intake of water creates a constant supply of water to lubricate and nourish our eyes. Drink eight glasses of water every day.
4. Use instant eye remedies
Try these dietary and herbal remedies for overall eye health:

• To nourish your eyes, follow Popeye’s lead. Boil four ounces of fresh spinach in four cups of water. Drink this spinach tea daily to give vital nourishment to your eyes.

• Grape seed extract (OPC) and bilberry extracts contain potent antioxidants for eye health.

• Taking ginkgo on a daily basis has been shown to improve circulation to the eyes. Find it in a health food store.

• When your eyes feel tired, lie down and place slices of cucumber on your eyelids to soothe the eyes and restore moisture.

• As a general rule of thumb, everyone under age 40 should have an eye exam once every two to four years, and from 40 on, get checked once every two years. This way, you can detect issues before they become severe.

I hope these help you maintain good vision well into your golden years! May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao is a doctor of Chinese medicine and antiaging specialist. Visit Dr. Mao at TaoofWellness.com or AskDrMao.com.

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12 Responses to 4 Secrets to Preserve Your Eyesight

  1. Donna in Delaware June 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Thank you. Some of this I know already. I have been taking bilberry in capsule form. One must be careful of taking ginkgo if one is on blood thinners. Before taking anything herbal, check with your physician, especially persons with health issues, as taking certain supplements could do more harm than good. Those who are anemic and taking iron supplements should be careful with spinach and like vegetables containing oxalic acid.

    I think that when supplements of any kind are recommended, the person(s) doing the recommending should also including warnings in the event that people have health issues, including food allergies.
    Stay safe, stay healthy, stay alive!

  2. Edgar June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Eye strain is endemic in these times. Computer screens and Tv’s and flicker rates; video editing with flashing this, swirling that, expanding and contracting and whirling, are designed to get your attention. they do! At the expense of your eyes.(And your mind!) So limit TV and video watching.
    There’s other issues as well with 3D and e-readers and so forth.
    We need to address them

  3. Brushy June 15, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Nice post. Thanks for the info! Agreed, Ginkgo, Bilberry, and a good plant-based antioxidant supplement really helped me (staving off macular). I’ve also found Charles Kane’s Herbal Medicine-Trends and Traditions book an excellent resource on the most common herbs and problems they best address. Thanks again.

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  5. Myra June 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    I love it. Thanks for the great vision hints. Vitamin C is a good choice for preventing cataracts. It needs to include bioflavonoids and not just be ascorbic acid. Vision is affected by hypoglycemia and diabetes, so regular vision exams in suggested, along with a healthy diet as you described.
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  6. matt June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Having read these posts, I am beginning to understand how Kurt Cobain felt.

  7. Francis Robertson July 20, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Wish everyone on earth could know and apply this information to improve his/her eyes.

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    I am looking for a tasty spinach ball appetizer recipe. I have some vegetarian clients and they are lookign for a meatless spinach ball to accompany the rest of the menu they have requested. I appreciate any help you can pass my way.. thank you so much Shelly

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