October 5, 2013


Your eyes are the windows to your heart and yet, you never take it to heart that eyes have to be cared for, as befits a very delicate and sensitive organ of the body.  Hardly a day goes by without us doing something that irritates or even compromises on the health of this very special sensory organ of the body.  We rub our eyes hard, never bother to wash our eyes clean, do not think it is necessary to give your eyes some rest, take it for granted that the eyes will stay put however much you hurt them and yes, neglect them in a way we do our wives.

In fact, it does not take too much of your time or money to take good care of your eyes.  Here are a few ways you can help your eyes to do a better job for you.

The first and the foremost in the steps to do good to your eyes is to eat right.  Eat some raw vegetables and fruits every day.  I am sure you have heard that carrots are very good for your eyes and they are.  Beta-carotene, anti oxidant found in carrots help you prevent to a great degree, age related macular degeneration.  Fish liver oil or fish contain omega 3 fatty acids which are very good when it comes to protecting the small blood vessels in the eyes.  I have seen in some beauty parlours, where they place a small piece of cucumber over the eyes for ten minutes, which they claim brings ‘out’ the beauty of the eyes.  I have known that the ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumber prevents the puffing up of eyes.

Sun glasses that you must be of good quality and must be used whenever your eyes are exposed to sunlight, as UV rays can damage your eyes very bad.  I have also seen people ride their motorcycles without proper eye protection, which is a very dangerous thing.  Very small particles in the air keep hitting the eyes when you ride and the constant barrage is very damaging.  Wash your eyes with cold water as soon as your reach home.

TV and computer are another source of irritation to the eyes.  Every fifteen minutes or so, turn away from the computer and keep your eyes closed for about a minute to take away the stress which will have started building in the eyes.  Spend about five minutes every day to exercise your eyes.  One way to do this is to focus on an object far away and then, shift focus to one close by.  Keep shifting focus for a few times.  Yogic eyes exercises are excellent for the health and longevity of the eyes and I suggest you consult with a yoga teacher to help you with this.  Here are some exercises suggested by Natural, which I have found to be very effective.  These exercises consist of flexing and relaxing routines, which stimulate the eye muscles, thus overcoming laziness of the eyes. This helps them to perform more efficiently, leading to improved vision.


Exercises to improve your vision naturally:

Focusing on near and far objects:

Hold your thumb in front of you, about 15cm away. Try to focus on your thumb. After 1 to 2 minutes, focus on any object which is more than 3m away from your thumb but in the same direction. Now refocus on your thumb again. Once you have done this a couple of times, try doing it with each breath you take, for between 5 and 10 minutes.

Zooming the object:

Sit up straight in a comfortable position. Stretch your arm out to arm’s length while keeping your thumb in a “hitch-hiking” position. Focus on your thumb while it is at arm’s length. Bring your thumb closer to your eyes while trying to maintain focus. Move your thumb back to arms length. Repeat this exercise for five minutes.


This is a very effective method to reset the vision when your eye has become tired and vision has become blurred.

Rub both your palms together for 3 to 4 minutes, till you feel the warmth. Once warm, place them on your eyes in a cup shaped position, such that your fingers are resting on the forehead. Keep your eyes steady and make sure that no light passes in between the fingers. See the darkness inside your cup shaped hands and feel the warmth of your palms. Repeat several times.

Rotation of the eyeballs:

This exercise loosens your ocular eye muscles which help to improve blood flow in surrounding areas of the eye, increasing the level of oxygen, thus improving vision.

Close your eyes and rotate your eyeballs in a clockwise and then an anti-clockwise direction. Repeat this 10 to 15 times.

Up, down and from side to side:

Imagine a clock face in front of you. Now move your eyes from 12 to 6 o’clock, 20 times. Move your eyes from 3 to 9 o’clock for another 20 times. Next, rotate the eye around the clock in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. After doing this, close your eyes and rest for a while.

Spending as little as 20 minutes a day should improve your vision noticeably within weeks. Objects that appeared blurred will begin to appear crisper and sharper.

Of all our key sensory organs, it is the eyes that we depend on most.  We are more visually oriented than any other animal but it is only when darkness engulfs our vision that we realize how dependent we were on eyes.  By then, it is almost always too late and medical intervention may only partly save our vision.  A little care can go a long way in helping the eyes serve you better all your life.


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