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    Default Some tips for developing good eyesight

    Some tips for developing good eyesight

    Here are the top 7 steps you can use to make sure your children develop both good eyesight and the visual skills needed for speed reading excellence while using the computer.

    Learn the difference between "eyesight" and "vision". Eyesight is the ability to "see" that most children are born with. Vision is the ability to organize, interpret and understand what is seen. Vision is developed and LEARNED like walking and talking. Your children need both good "eyesight" and good "vision" in order to be excellent readers.

    Don't assume that 20/20 eyesight means that your children see the printed page or computer screen the same way you do. 20/20 is a distance sight indicator and simply means that your children can see a certain size letter from 20 feet away. It is not at all related to reading at near point. Have each of your children read aloud to you often to insure that what they see on the printed page and computer screen is the same thing you are seeing.

    Good vision means that your children use both eyes as a team to track smoothly from line to line, see at far and near, copy from a book to paper, keep letters in proper order and much more. Some children with perfect eyesight still tell me they see letters moving around or jumping. Still others suffer because they reverse the order of the letters that they see. Any weak link in the visual process can affect reading, especially if the visual memory is under stress due to excessive computer, TV or hand-held computer use.

    The American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive vision screening by age 6 months, at 3 years and then again at age 5. This is an absolute must for early detection and prevention of eye problems that affect reading significantly. Ask for both near- and far-point screening as well as a learning related screening. Look for a developmental or behavioral optometrist in your area who specializes in these screenings.

    Train your children to look up from the computer and focus on something in the distance every few minutes. Check to see whether their head is too close to the screen. The first one will strengthen their visual skills; the last will indicate if an eye exam is needed.

    Get your children outside and have them play catch, ride a bike and participate in sports. This strengthens crucial reading abilities such as tracking, peripheral vision, focusing, eye teaming, eye-hand coordination and improves near- and far-point vision. Many of these skills are not typically learned during sustained computer use and they are essential for both computer use and reading.

    Limit computer use for all your children, especially those under three years of age. Children under three learn through their whole bodies and too much time on the computer limits the developmental skills they need to master at this time: crawling, walking, talking, spatial awareness, tracking, focusing, etc.

    Take frequent breaks from the computer. For every 45 minutes of use, older children should take a break from the computer for 20 minutes. Younger children should take a take a 10-minute break about every half hour. You may want to set a timer.

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    How Your Diet Can Significantly Improve Your Vision

    Some of the most important nutrients for eye health are: lutein, zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, anthocyanins, animal-based omega-3 fats and vitamin C

    Avoiding blue light, especially from cool white LED lights, at all times but especially at night, will help prevent vision deterioration

    Lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are plant compounds with potent antioxidant capacities. Your body cannot make them, so you must get them from your diet.

    How Much Lutein and Zeaxanthin Do You Need?

    While there's no recommended daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, studies have found health benefits for lutein at a dose of 10 milligrams (mg) per day, and at 2 mg per day for zeaxanthin. Meanwhile, studies suggest American adults get, on average, only 1 to 2 mg of lutein from their diet each day.4

    Research evaluating the effect of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin in combination, using a dose of 10 mg of lutein, 10 mg of meso-zeaxanthin and 2 mg of zeaxanthin per day for one year, found it helped improve vision in those who had normal vision at the outset.5,

    What Should You Eat to Protect or Improve Your Vision?

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are primarily found in green leafy vegetables, with kale and spinach topping the list of lutein-rich foods. You'll also find these nutrients in orange- and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables.

    Egg yolk is another good source of both lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs from free-range, pastured hens have bright orange yolks, which is an indication of their elevated lutein and zeaxanthin content. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign you're getting eggs form caged hens fed an unnatural grain diet, and hence will have low amounts of these valuable nutrients.

    Vitamin C Combats Cataracts

    In related news, higher intakes of vitamin C have been shown to prevent cataracts, the second leading cause of vision loss.9 According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans end up getting cataracts by the time they're 80.

    Astaxanthin The Most Powerful Promoter of Eye Health

    Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from UV radiation. Besides the microalgae that produce it, the only other source are the sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish and krill).

    Research shows it easily crosses into the tissues of your eye and exerts its effects safely and with more potency than any of the other carotenoids, without adverse reactions. Specifically, astaxanthin has been shown to ameliorate or prevent light-induced damage, photoreceptor cell damage, ganglion cell damage and damage to the neurons of the inner retinal layers.

    Astaxanthin also helps maintain appropriate eye pressure levels that are already within the normal range, and supports your eyes' energy levels and visual acuity.

    Depending on your individual situation, you may want to take an astaxanthin supplement. I recommend starting with 4 mg per day. Krill oil also contains high quality animal-based omega-3 fat in combination with naturally-occurring astaxanthin, albeit at lower levels than what you'll get from an astaxanthin supplement.

    full article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...ve-vision.aspx


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