Your eyes are the windows to your soul, and your eyesight and vision are super important if you want to live a long and healthy life.
Have you started to notice a little more difficulty reading text that is close to your eyes?
Or have you noticed your night vision is not as good as it used to be?
Have you gone to an eye doctor (optometrist) recently and heard the dreaded news: that your vision isn’t what it used to be anymore, and you are going to need glasses?
I went to see an eye doctor a couple of years ago and my vision test came out perfect.
But the doctor said something to me that quite frankly pissed me off. She said “Wait till you’re 40, your vision is going to suddenly decline. It happens to everybody”.
I remember walking out of my appointment vowing to find a way to “hack” my natural vision into my 40’s and 50’s.
Before I share with your my top two tips to keep your eyes as healthy as possible in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond, let’s explore what goes wrong.
Presbyopia: Hard to focus on nearby objects
Presbyopia is the slow but gradual loss of your ability to focus on nearby objects. You might notice this loss in vision when you’re trying to read the labels on a supplement bottle or reading a newspaper up close.
It’s quite annoying, but why does it happen to your eyesight?
Your eyes have a lens which changes shape as you shift your focus. The lens relaxes when you look at faraway objects. The lens flexes to help you focus on objects near to you.
As you get older, the lens gradually loses it’s ability to flex, which makes it harder to see nearby objects.
Cataracts: clouding up your eyesight
Cataracts are a condition where the lens of your eye (and your vision) gets cloudy. This causes you to feel as though you are looking at the world through a foggy window.
Cataracts happen because age-related changes causes tissues in the eye to break down. Some experts say that this is the result of oxidative and glycolysis related damage to the eyes.
Sunlight exposure over the years can also cause oxidative damage to your eyes, just like it does to the rest of your body.
Excess glucose in your body attacks cells in your eyes and gums them up (render them useless).
Another challenge with the eyes is that blood flow is not abundant as in other areas of your body, so it’s harder to send help in the form of nutrients to clear out the damage.
As you can see, there are many assaults on your eyesight.
So what’s a solution?
One of the best ways to delay the signs of aging in your eyes is to use an effective antioxidant. L-carnosine can serve as a strong anti-oxidant and anti-glycolysis agent.
You can get N-Acetyl-Carnosine (or NAC) eye drops from your favorite retailer and use them 1-2 times a day for a few months to see a difference. L-Acetyl Carnosine converts to it’s active form, L-Carnosine, in your eyes and helps slow down or even reverse cataract and damage to the lens.
Scientific studies are still ongoing to determine the exact efficacy of NAC drops for eye vision, but I have already started using them to stave off potential aging of my eyes.
You can get NAC eye drops here.
Rods and Cones for Night Vision
Your retina is like the sensor on your phone’s camera. It senses the light coming in, converts it to biochemical signals and sends them to your brain through the optic nerve. The brain then converts these signals into images, creating “eyesight”.
It’s quite neat how this all works.
The receptors on your eye lens come in two forms: cones and rods. Cones respond to the wavelengths of light and are responsible for sensing color in the environment. Rods respond to black and white light but they are very sensitive.
You guessed it, during the aging process the rods and cones start to accumulate damage and get less sensitive. This leads to poor vision at night.
So what do you do about it?
An anti-oxidant created in Russia called SKQ1 has shown promise in getting to the rods and cones in your eyes. It can help reverse some of the loss of your night vision.
In scientific studies, this antioxidant has shown to reverse mitochondrial damage in cells very effectively, thus improving eyesight.
The Russian scientists even created eye drops called Visomitin (based on SKQ1), which are widely sold over the counter in Russia.
So how do you get them?
- The company behind SKQ1 is doing phase 3 clinical trials in the US right now, so Visomitin should be available at your favorite pharmacy in a few years.
- You could purchase Visomitin eye drops from Russian websites online. I just ordered some on eBay.
Conclusion: improve eyesight and vision
So there you have it. Here are some powerful ways you can apply science-based techniques to maintain and possibly reverse the aging of your eyes.
Step 1: Get NAC eye drops and apply them 1-2 times per day for a few months.
Step 2: Get SKQ1 or Visomitin eyes drops online, or wait for the clinical trial to finish so you can find them in drugstores.
To learn how to improve vision using eye exercises, check out my podcast interview on the Bates method here.
Check out some of the other resources I recommend.