Did you know that about 75% of cases of partial or total vision loss can be avoided and even reversed?
This statement announced by the WHO (World Health Organization) raises a warning about what we can do to prevent blindness.
Blindness is nothing more than a condition characterized by the loss of your ability to see, which may be transient when vision loss only occurs for a certain period of time.
Reversible types of blindness can have numerous causes like cataracts, opacity of the cornea, trachoma and even migraines.
After the age of fifty, the main cause of vision loss is degeneration of the macular, a small area located in the central portion of the the retina, which allows us to read texts, see details and recognize faces.
That said, what can we do to ensure that our eyes stay healthy? One habit that greatly impairs our eyesight is the continuous exposure to screens. That’s what researchers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid say.
They published a report that aimed to analyze the impact the use of light- emitting devices such as cellphones and computers can have on our eyes.
When pur eyes are exposed to this type of light, they react by producing toxic substances that can damage our photosensitive cells or photoreceptors.
This type of cell when damaged can cause the development of macular degeneration in an accelerated fashion and in the worst cases, a loss of vision in the central area of the eye.
One way to reduce this exposure is, of course, avoiding these screens. If this isn’t possible, you can wear some special types of glasses with a special lense that filters out the most harmful light.
Some experts recommend using the 20-20-20 technique which consists of staring at a spot 6 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes of work.
Another way to prevent these eye problems is by using an ingredient that you’ve probably used to season your food. That’s turmeric, or more specifically, its active component curcumin.
Some studies performed with this spice have already proven that it can be extremely beneficial to our eyes. It’s great at treating various eye conditions such as conjunctivitis, keratitis, uveitis, cataracts, floaters, and retinopathies such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
It works so well due to its antioxidants which are able to reduce the oxidative stress that causes most of these diseases.
Turmeric also contains nutrients that are important for your eye health and can also reduce your blood pressure, which can cause eye strain when it’s too high.
Moreover, it has the incredible ability of going directly through your veins into the retina, acting directly on the rods and cones inside your eyes.