Archive | June, 2011

Your Eyes Need Attention

27 Jun

What are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” – Groucho Marx

 

Sums it up perfectly! Eyesight is unquestionably the most vital sense that we possess. It is eyesight that gives us a correct perspective of the world around us, by interpreting shape, colour, and dimension. It may be a cliché, but our eyes are our only window to the world.

They perform a myriad of irreplaceable tasks. Reading, watching television, learning, communicating, working – our daily lives are defined by the way we see things. Its health then, is something that is non-negotiable. We have to take care of, and pay attention to, them. We have no choice, for without the ability to see clearly, we’d literally be at a loss. So, what are some of the basic things one can do, to take care of one’s eyes?

  1. Nourishment – On a regular basis, and at a fundamental level, one has to eat right. Eat right in terms of the essential foods and ingredients the eyes need to be healthy: Vitamins, and Omega 3 Acids, through foods like fish, nuts, green vegetables, and so on.

  1. Protection – The eyes, like any other organ, need protection. Use UV protection eyewear when out in the sun, and don’t expose them to extreme lights.

  1. Rest – Eyes tire. We don’t realize it, but they are constantly working for us, and they need their share of rest.

  1. De-stress – Not just rested, the eyes need to be exercised in order to detox them. Just like our stomachs, the eyes, too, can be put through a series of simple exercises that relax, refresh, and rejuvenate them.

  1. Medical Check-Up – Every once in a while, on a predetermined but regular schedule, have you eyes tested by an opthalmologist.

Our eyes give us not only the power to see things, but as a result of that power, the ability to make decisions. We must treat them with the utmost care and attention. Any discomfort or uneasiness must never be ignored. After all, the only reason we know as much as we do, and we do as much as we can, are our eyes!

De-stress Your Eyes

6 Jun

Every day our eyes are being used for various reasons. Moreover, with most of our lives being driven by computer and TV screens, the pressure on the eyes is felt constantly. Just like the body needs relaxation and exercise, so do the eyes. Keep your eyes healthy by incorporating these few tips and eye exercises in your health regime. These will not only help ease the strain but also improve visual concentration.

Look away from the computer: Take a break from looking continuously at your computer screen. This can be every 20-30 minutes. This will help prevent headaches, blurry vision and dry eyes. Keep a distance of atleast 50-60 cms between your eyes and the computer screen and make sure there is adequate light in the room.

Take regular breaks: After many hours of being cooped up in air-conditioned rooms, the eyes tend to get dry and itchy. To avoid this, you must step out and take in as much fresh air as possible. Drinking plenty of water also hydrates the eyes.

Shut your eyes every now and then: A common eye relaxation method is to rub your palms till they get warm and place them on your eyes for a few seconds. Another practice often used is to shut your eyes tight and open again after 5-10 seconds. This helps release the pressure on strained eyes. Blinking repeatedly for a few times also helps moisten the eyes.

Play focus your gaze games: When you get a little time off, fix your gaze on one spot on the wall and then shift your gaze beyond it and finally stare at the same spot again. You could also take a pen from your desk, hold it far and gradually move it toward you, all the while keeping your gaze fixed on the pen.

Rotate your eyeballs: Move your eyeballs in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction atleast 7-10 times. Another similar technique, is to keep your head stationary on your shoulders and only move your eyeballs to see your right shoulder and then left.

Cool off: Absorb the greenery outside your window every few hours to take a break from the harsh rays of the computer screen. Relaxing in a dimly lit room, eye drops recommended by your doctor, or cucumber slices are some other ways to keep your eyes relaxed and stress-free.

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