As we transition from National Stress Awareness Month to Healthy Vision Month, it is important to keep in mind that controlling stress is one of the ways to maintain healthy vision.  And while you may not want to hear it, the same items and practices that keep your body healthy, are also necessary to keep your vision functioning optimally.  Here are a few things you can do for Healthy Vision Month.

1. Eye Exercises
The eye is a delicate and complex organ.  Each eye is controlled by six small muscles.  If these muscles are misused, over-worked, under-worked or used unevenly, a person can develop vision problems.  A few minutes a day can strengthen the eye muscles, which allows for better function.  Eye muscle issues are implicated in nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  Eye exercises can make the lens more flexible, while also relieving eye strain and supporting healthy circulation to the eyes.  Here are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily fitness routine.

May is Healthy Vision Month

2. Food for Your Eyes
The different parts of your eye have special needs. Many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are needed for good vision. But different parts of the eye particularly need specific nutrients. A healthy diet can provide most of these nutrients – so, take a look at Food for Your Eyes.

May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

3. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can cause vision problems.  The eye needs at least five hours of sleep to be fully replenished. While asleep, important nutrients are delivered to the eye and thus, leave your eyes feeling and looking refreshed in the morning.  Conditions like dry eye, eye spasms, bloodshot eyes and blurred vision are just some of the issues that can occur when you don’t get enough quality sleep.  The goal should always be 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

If you are dealing with vision issues, East Asian Medicine has a lot to offer.  Acupuncture, moxibustion, photobiomodulation and herbal formulas can all be helpful in the treatment of most eye conditions.  If you would like to know more, please contact our office at (317)529-7853.

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