Most of the people pay attention to eyes only if they have a problem. Now a days working on computers and spending time on smartphones take a toll on eye health. According to Ayurveda, the five elements play a role in maintaining eye health. Among the doshas, the eye is governed by Alochak Pitta. It becomes less balanced as we age.
Health tips for eye care are:
1. While working on computer, in every thirty minutes, look away from the computer and palm the eyes.
2. Wash eyes with cold water. This helps in keeping the fire in the eyes well balanced.
3. Don’t touch the eyes repeatedly.
Diet for healthy eyes:
1. Vitamin A: As Vitamin A is excellent for eyes, include Vitamin A rich foods in the diet such as sprouted chickpeas, raw carrots, apples etc.
2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
3. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they cause dehydration in the body and increase toxicity.
4. Almonds: Almonds are also useful for eyes. Soak 4-5 almonds overnight and take them in the morning.
5. Black Cardamom: Remove the seeds of one pod of black cardamom and combine them with 1 tablespoon of honey. Chew thoroughly. This remedy strengthens the vision.
6. Fennel seeds: Boil ½ tablespoon fennel seeds in a cup of water and boil it until reduced to half. Sip this water when warm.
7. Triphala Powder: Triphala is the most common ingredient in many eye care products. It consists of three fruits: Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhataki (Terminalia bellirica) and Amla (Emblica officinalis). It is a powerful source of anti-oxidants. It is useful in improving eye sight and to treat computer vision syndrome. Triphala taken with ghee or honey is beneficial for eyes. Triphala decoction can also be used to wash the eyes.
8. Amla juice: Amla juice when taken on regular basis can improve eye health in all the ways. 10-15 ml once Or twice mixed with water is sufficient.
Yoga for Eyes:
If yogic exercises are done regularly, one can prevent vision problems from developing. These exercises strengthen the eye muscles and release stress. Some of the exercises are:
1. For dry and tired eyes, when you wake up in the morning, splash the eyes and warm water with slightly warm water 10-15 times.
2. Palming: Rub both palms of the hands quickly for 8-10 seconds.
- Close the eyes and gently place the left palm over the left eye and the right palm over the right eye for 1 minute. Don’t press the eyeballs.
- Breathe in and out and repeat this procedure 2-3 times.
3. Tip of the nose focus:
- Sit in the crossed legs position.
- Raise the right arm and bring it in front of the nose.
- The right fist should be closed and the thumb should be pointed upwards.
- Now, bend the arm and bring the thumb to the tip of the nose.
- Let the eyes follow the same movement.
- Focus for some time on the tip of the thumb and take it back to the original position.
- Repeat this exercise for five times.
4. Trataka: Trataka is done by gazing at an object continuously for a fixed time duration. It helps in lowering myopic eye powers.
- For doing Trataka exercise, a burning lamp or candle is kept at eye level and a black dot on a white paper is placed in the straight alignment of the candle.
- Now focus on the light and dot together.
- Keep your head, neck and back straight. The candle should be placed at eye level. Focus on the light in a dark place.
- Keep watching it until the eyes get tired.
- After this, close the eyes for 1 minute and wash them with cold water.
- This exercise is not only useful for eyes but cures other diseases as well.
5. Kapalabhati Pranayam: It is a very useful procedure for improving eye health. It helps in cleansing the lungs and improves circulation which helps in improving vision.
- Sit cross-legged on the floor. Place the hands on the knees.
- Now fold the index fingers of both the hands such that the tips touch the tips of the thumbs.
- Now inhale deeply and calmly with both the nostrils until the lungs are filled with air. Focus on the abdominal region while doing this.
- Now relax from contraction and exhale rapidly and forcefully in a short burst.
Yogic exercises can be done on an empty stomach in the morning or three hours after food consumption.
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