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Eye Care – With Exercises

15 Jul

As someone who is quite particular about health and fitness, I have always been a regular gym goer. No matter how much work or how busy my day gets, the one hour at the gym is not up for negotiation. Even if I may be in the middle of something, I ensure that somehow I squeeze out my gym time. Not only does that keep me fit, it’s a way of disconnecting and de-stressing. 

But like a lot of people, I did not realize that while my body was keeping fit, my eyes were suffering. In fact, as a man of forty-five, I found that I was having increasing trouble with my eyes. They would get blurry and not allow me to focus very well. It got to a point where I had to go see a doctor; and thank God I did. 

As it turns out, not only our body, even our eyes need regular exercise to help them cope with the wear and tear of the age process. My doctor assigned me a series of eye exercises that have helped me get my vision back, and I urge everyone out there to do the same. Being a nice person, I’m listing these exercises here, so you don’t have to suffer or make an expensive trip to the eye-doctor! 

  1. Sit upright & keep your body relaxed. Keep moving your eyes from left to right & focus on an object on either side for a couple of seconds. Repeat 5 times.

  2. Up down focus exercise: Focus on something directly in front of you and then move your eyes down, focusing on your lap. In a couple of seconds, bring your eyes back up. Repeat 5 times.

  3. Keep your palms tightly over each eye blocking all light. Rest the heels of your palms on your cheekbones and breathe deeply. Repeat 5 times.

  4. Move your eyes upwards and then downwards. Blink rapidly and then repeat the exercise from left to right. Repeat 5 times.

  5. Use a bright lamp in your room at night. Make sure no other lights are on. Sit facing the lamp with your eyes closed. Switch the lamp on and off in time with your breathing. Repeat 5 times. 


We all take certain things for granted and unfortunately our eyes are among those things. But with regularly doing the above exercises, we can arrest the age process, strengthen the iris, even relax the Optic nerve that connects to the brain, thereby easing mental tension! After all, don’t you want to be able to see clearly right until the end?

Computer Lovers – Tips To Save Your Eyes

12 Jul

About six months ago, I started experiencing uncomfortable symptoms in my eyes. Sometimes, I had blurred vision, and at other times, double! I had headaches, too. I underwent a complete medical check-up, which determined I was in the peak of health. Consequently, I grew more worried. Then, my doctor asked me about my computer habits. 

Like most people today, I am in front of a computer screen for long hours. Making presentations, sending e-mails, making budgets, and business proposals – everything at work is done on the computer, and as a result, almost 5-8 hours each day are spent on it. The moment I told my doctor this, he informed me that this extended use of computers was the cause of my problems. Though I was relieved that there was nothing medically wrong with me, I worried how I would cope, because I could not quit my job. Then, my doctor gave me a few tips to relieve my eyes of computer strain 

  • He asked me to take a lot of breaks. Either to look away from the computer, or get away from my desk every 15 to 20 minutes.

  • He asked me to measure the distance to my monitor. It should be between 33 and 59 centimetres from the eyes.

  • He asked me to get an anti-glare filter on my computer screen. However, my advice would be to get a modern monitor, one with minimal distortion, glare and reflection.

  • He asked me to keep my screen clean, so that I did not strain my eyes more than what was necessary.

  • And finally, he asked me to get anti-glare lens.

     

It’s been some time since I put all those pointers to action, and the headaches and irritation of the eyes have gone! Computers are an integral part of our lives, there is no avoiding them. But it is best to protect one’s eyes from the strain – after all, they are more valuable.

Have you protected them yet?

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