Eyes are the most beautiful and precious of all the gifts that God has bestowed on us. Eyes are said to be the mirror of the soul, they reflect your in depth feelings. Your eyes can express your sorrow, happiness, sadness even before you speak.
They shine when you are happy, fill with tears when you feel sad or shed tears when you are shattered. You are able to see the seven colours of a rainbow, a dancing peacock and beautiful landscapes because of this unique gift of God.
People mostly take their vision for granted and neglect it, until they come face to face with an eye problem.
Imagine the life of a blind person or ask him what colour is his world made of, and he can identify only one colour that is BLACK. What will you do if someone asks you to blindfold your eyes just for a day? How will you perform your everyday tasks, watch TV or play with the kids. It is frightening.
That should give you a good reason to take proper care of your eyes.
Other than this, it is important to take care of your eyes and vision for financial reasons too. The treatment costs are rising day by day. Cost of spectacles or contact lenses; cost of eye surgeries can put a burden on anybody’s pocket.
Eye related Problems
There are different types of eye problems, some can be prevented with timely action, whereas other may be due to age factor or suffering from some disease.
Today the life style has gone under a tremendous change; people are mostly working on computers, under artificial lights. They have to spend long hours staring at the computer screen. Apart from professionals, nowadays even students are spending more time on computers.
This causes muscle strain and fatigue to the eyes. Too much TV watching without giving rest to the eyes also affects the eye sight. Reading under poor light or in wrong position can damage eye sight.
Going out in the harsh sun without proper protection can cause eye infections, like itching or burning sensation. The unavoidable reasons for eye problems can be certain disease, such as diabetes, obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking. Diabetics and obese persons are more prone to eye related problems. They should take extra care if it runs in the family, go for regular checkups and follow a proper diet and exercise plan.
Some eye related problems are due to age factor. It is quiet normal if you have problem in reading without glasses after 35-40 years of age. But it can be delayed if regular eye care routine is followed.
If you are working on computer for long hours, then take a break in between to give your eyes some rest. Adjust the distance of monitor; it should be approximately about 1 foot away from the eyes. Use anti glare glasses to reduce strain. If you use contact lenses, then get yourself 0 power antiglare spectacles and wear them.
While driving at night, to avoid the glare from oncoming vehicles you can use anti glare glasses. Always wear sunglasses while going out in the sun to avoid exposure. Do not look at the sun directly. The ultra violet rays can cause irreparable damage to the eyes.Do not compromise on the quality of glasses of your eye wear.
Watch TV for a limited period.Childern tend to stare at the screen without blinking, it can cause damage to the vision. They should be taught about eye care and preventive measures at a young age. Try to quit or reduce smoking and consuming alcohol.
Tips for Eye Care
Diet plays an important role to maintain healthy eyes. Foods that are rich in vitamin A, E, C and zinc should be included in your daily diet. Generally dark coloured vegetables are good for eyes.
Eat green leafy vegetables, cabbage, spinach, fenugreek leaves etc. They have all the minerals, iron that is good for eyes. Citrus fruits, such as, oranges, grapefruit, lemons which are antioxidants and have a high content of vitamin C. Carrots, papaya, beetroot etc. are a rich source of vitamin A, necessary nutrients required to maintain your vision.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E.It can be eaten in any form. Soak it overnight and in the morning peel it, eat it with whole black pepper and mishri (crystallized sugar).Almonds can be eaten with the peel, it provides dietary fibre and antioxidants to strengthen the immune system. Keep a handful of almonds when on the move and munch them as mid time snacks.
Dairy products like milk, cheese, curd are healthy food for the eyes too.
Exercise your eyes to strengthen the muscles and improve vision.
Rotating the eyes, clockwise and anti clock wise will reduce the strain. You should do 3 rounds and take it up to 5 if you can.
Keep your thumb at a distance of 12 inches from your face at eye level. Stare at it without blinking or moving your eyes, Count till 10 and close your eyes for 5 seconds. Then open your eyes and repeat the process. Initially, you may feel strain in the centre of the eyebrows, but it will go away with practise. This exercise gives strength to the eye muscle.
Whenever your eyes feel tired, just rub your palms together and press them against the eyes. This acts as fermentation and reduces eye fatigue.
Simple home remedies for dark circles,puffiness and tired eyes
Put thin slices of chilled cucumber on the eyes, if there is a burning sensation in the eyes .For dark circles-Grate a potato and squeeze out the juice by straining through a strainer.
Apply around the eyes for 15-20 minutes and wash off. For tired eyes-make a paste with saunf (aniseed) powder and water, apply on the eyes, wash after sometime.
To reduce puffiness-In a cup of lukewarm water, add1/4teaspoonof salt, take two cotton pads and soak in this water, put it on the eyelids. Keep it on till they are cool. Repeat the process.
To keep eyes clean and shining, splash fresh water in the eyes a few times during the day. Take good care of your eyes and value this gift of God