Physiology: Eyes

Physiology: Eyes

 Quite often, we think of the eyes as passive objects rather than body parts that need exercise and nourishment. Eyesight is something that just is - whether it be good or bad - rather than something that can be improved with the right proactive steps. But this just isn’t true. The eye is made up of multiple parts, all of which can be affected by our lifestyle choices:

  1. The cornea, the clear front of the eye that focuses and transmits light
  2. The iris, or colored area that regulates how much light comes in 
  3. The pupil, a dark area inside the iris that also controls light intake
  4. The lens, a clear area that focuses the light onto the retina
  5. The retina, a layer of nerves that senses light and sends electrical impulses back to the brain for interpretation
  6. The macula, a small area inside the retina that puts focus on fine details  
  7. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain and carries electrical impulses
  8. The vitreous, the goo that fills up the rest of the space in the eye

You can nourish your eyes with healthy foods (or supplements like Essential Eyes, hint hint!) full of Omega-3’s, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can all support eye health. Be sure to turn your screen on to night mode whenever you can to reduce damaging blue light, or wear blue-light blocking eyewear when spending time on your computer. 

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