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Those who love our planet and want to live life in harmony with mother earth are continually looking for ways to live that do not disrupt the balance of nature and have minimal negative impact upon the environment. This extends even into realms like vision correction. The following are some eco-friendly ways to have excellent, healthy vision while still being kind to our home planet.

Rethink Glasses

Glasses aren’t just an outdated method of vision correction; they’re also detrimental to our planet in terms of the carbon footprint made while processing and constructing them. They also create significant waste that ends up in landfills when they are discarded.

Consider Contact Lenses

By contrast, contact lenses are far smaller and create less waste in both manufacturing and maintenance. Fewer chemicals are used by the client when lenses like Focus Dailies are worn, as daily lenses eliminate the need for cleaning solutions and keep those harsh chemicals away from the ecosystem.

Blink Regularly

The simple act and habit of blinking regularly can do wonders for the health and consistent moisturizing of your eyes, especially when wearing contact lenses like Focus Dailies. Keeping eyes damp allows for the flushing away of any debris as well as the promotion of healthy cell and tissue growth.

Use Natural Eye Care Techniques

Some of the easiest and best ways to promote good vision and eye health is with natural eye care techniques. Some effective natural methods for maintaining great vision on a consistent basis are as follows.

Sun Energy. The sun has been demonized in recent decades as being harmful and cancer-causing, when the truth is that some sun exposure brings a range of health benefits. The eyes are one of many parts of the body that benefit from vitamin D and sun exposure (although not by looking directly into it, of course.) Being out in the sun without sunglasses can be sufficient to allow the healing rays and properties to support eye health. You can also face the sun with eyes closed and absorb its warm rays through your lids for a few moments daily.

Nutrition. Ongoing nutrition for eyes is another effective way to promote and support eye health over one’s lifetime. Nutrition that is supportive of healthy vision can assist in keeping eyes healthy over the years and even into the later decades. Foods like spinach, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and citrus fruits are rich in eye-healthy nutrients. They contain zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins C, D and E, zeaxanthin and lutein to help reduce or avoid conditions like macular degeneration. Selenium and omega 3s are also supportive of eye and vision health and are commonly found in oily fish, walnuts and flaxseeds. Making these foods and vitamins a regular part of your diet is a natural way to support eye health.

Qigong. Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art that is known for promoting health and well-being in body, mind and spirit. While there are a number of styles and forms of qigong, a very simple motion can assist with eye health on an ongoing basis. Simply rub the hands together for a few moments to generate some warmth, then place the palms of the hands over the eyes and hold for several minutes. Feel the life force energy emanate from your hands into your eyes, soothing them and creating a healing effect. You can also issue intentions during the process for healthier eyes and sharper vision. There are no side effects to doing qigong and by all accounts the benefits are positive and healthy. Some practitioners even report vision improvements over time.

Being friendly to the planet can extend even into your choices for better vision and healthy eyes. From Focus Dailies to nutrition to holistic methods, these eco-friendly tips can support healthy vision going forward.