Look Into The Light
According to the Journals of Gerontology, the best way to keep your eyesight in good condition for years to come is to stare at a deep red light. If you do this for just three minutes each day, it could work wonders for your vision.
This is because the light increases mitochondrial performance, a process that typically decreases above the age of 40. Your retinas require a lot of energy from the mitochondria to keep functioning, so when the operation of these cells starts to slow down, your eyesight weakens. However, if looking at a red light can speed them back up again, your vision may begin to strengthen.
Putting It To The Test
The study into this was conducted using 24 participants between 28 and 72 years old who had no history of ocular disease. Their peripheral and color vision were tested on the first day before they were sent off with an LED torch containing a deep red light. For two weeks, they looked into this light for three minutes a day, before returning to receive another eye test.
The results found that the participants aged over 40 had a significant increase in their cone function, which is the photoreceptor cell responsible for color vision. The improvement averaged out at 22%. There was also a rise in rod function – the cell that gives us peripheral vision – but this wasn’t as high.
Thanks to this discovery, it’s possible that the future may start looking a lot clearer for us all.