The Eyes Have It – Or Do They?

I have worn glasses since I was in my teens. I graduated to contact lenses before I got married and have worn them ever since.   My vision prescription has remained pretty stable over the years and I guess I had anticipated that would continue.

As friends around me began to complain of difficulty reading the small print on labels or in newspapers, I had no problem helping them out deciphering the small stuff.

It certainly came in handy when out for dinner with Mr Jones who it seemed was suffering from the same decline in ocular clarity as my friends. On occasion when he forgot his reading glasses, it was good I was able to help read the menu to avoid ordering disasters, especially when we were at the vegetarian Korean restaurant, one wrong order there and who knows what he might have ended up with?!

So, I must admit that it was something of a shock when towards the end of last year I was dealing with a computer issue and needed to supply the serial number of my computer to the helpful technician on the end of the phone. The number was helpfully printed in size 0.03 font on the back of my computer. I blinked and blinked and tried to force those little squiggles to get into focus. I knew there were letters and numbers begging to be read, but I just couldn’t make my eyes make sense of what was in front of me! I moved the computer to the light by the window, but it was just impossible to read them. Thinking this was an isolated incident I did nothing about it, but as the weeks progressed I found myself continuing to be challenged in the small print department, and had to face the reality that the time had come to visit the optician again. Getting a new prescription would be cheaper than buying the amount of anti wrinkle cream I would need as I scrunched up my face in frustration trying to read the teeny weeny words that now seemed to be everywhere!

Thankfully we have a great local optician in town so I have been able to get a new prescription very quickly.

Sadly, I have not been able to find a juice that is able to prevent presbyopia (the technical name for our diminished ability to focus on near objects as we age over 40), but I have found plenty of evidence of juices that will ensure that our eyes remain healthy and bright albeit behind our reading glasses!

Carrots are well known for their high levels of beta-carotene and other essential carotenoids. The old wives tale that carrots help you see in the dark is true. Beta-carotene is essential for proper night vision, and other carotenoids such as lutein and xeaxanthine in spinach and kale are also helpful for long-term eye health and protection

Try to drink this juice regularly not just for the health of your eyes!

Eye Bright

4 carrots

2 leaves kale

1 handful spinach

1 small handful parsley

2 apples

¼ lemon