Eyes are the superb gift of nature to humans. Without eyes, a human’s life is like living in a black hole where everything is same i.e., black. As an ancient idiom in Hindi mentions, “Sawan ke andhe ko sab hara hi hara dikhai deta hai”, which indicates the fool person believes the things as per his knowledge and conscience without understanding other’s advice. He can never differentiate the colors and also feels that the nature is black and same all around. But, being blind naturally from birth and getting blindness out of an accident, injury or a disease are two different things. According to a famous phrase and also the researches on naturally blind people, it is found that Naturally Blind People have the stronger senses than a normal person.
It is true that nature never do injustice with anyone, thus if it gives birth to a blind child, it surely bless him with some different power. Therefore, nature makes their other senses stronger than the normal human beings. On the other hand, finding the reasons for why an individual stays blind from birth and other related questions. We need to go very deep in nature and science. But, for now let us stick to our topic and continue understanding the importance of our eyes.
As we have already mentioned, there is a difference in two situation, and already described the first one i.e., Blind by Birth. Let us come to the other condition, which is blindness due to an accident, or health issue. As we are already witnessing that our elders and previous generations were completely able to maintain their eyes health till their death. Use of spectacles was said to be a Luxury of the rich people or those, who studies more than others. But, now the situation is totally different, every second person is wearing spectacles.
The luxury thing has become the essential need of life. How and Why?
Are we responsible for this? Yes.
Our unhealthy diet and lifestyle has triggered this situation in such a manner that it seems difficult to control it. However, as nothing is permanent and every problem has a solution and same applies on this. Keeping our eyes healthy and maintain their natural health is the new luxury now. The thing is no other system of Medicine has a treatment for it by keeping their natural essence. The surgeries to remove spectacles and restoring the eye health snatch their natural beauty.
Ayurveda, a science that believes and shares its principles to spread prevention more than the cure has much better alternatives for these surgeries. Wearing Goggles is a choice but the permanent spectacles are a need now. It is not natural, it is created by us. Already with the advancement of technology, we have to spend a lot of our time on screens including our mobiles, laptops, computers, and other gadgets. Digitalization is becoming the new trend, no doubt it eases the works and saves our time but if not handled well, it becomes dangerous for our life.
It is really a wide concept to talk about, so here we will specifically learn about its adverse effects on health during the current situation and how to deal with it. At present, we all know a pandemic suddenly appeared and changed our thinking, diet, lifestyle and everything including the methods of operations for earning livelihood.
Companies started to work online, and the time spent on screens is multiplied within no time. While, it is the need of the hour as the economy can’t stop for long. Thus, the long working hours on screen from home came into place. Why is it different? Home is the comfort zone of everyone, one can work at his own convenience and how is it dangerous? True, the answer lies in the question, home is the comfort zone. Comfort zone is best for rest but it is worst for working and growing. We have generally heard that, Growth never comes in the comfort zone. It is true.
Hence, our postures, sitting habits, improper rest intervals and the homely environment have become the reason behind the various health issues. One of them is weakening eyesight. Before, at least we had some rest from screens while meeting friends in person, but now even the relationships are running on the screens because social distancing is to be followed. So, what can we do in all this? Questions are many and answers are very few. So, let us not focus more on the problem but the solution. What we need to do is to save our eyes health with the help of some natural ways containing the modifications in diet, lifestyle and the herbs. Eyes are necessary to live a happy life with joy and vision.
Let us maintain their vitality to improve our health and discovering more beauty of nature.
Due to the working from home and online study, the eyes are the most affected parts of human body. The radiations of the mobiles and computers or laptops screen damage the tissue of the eyes. The rays which are released from these screens are called as electrons scientifically known as PEMR (PULSED ELECTRO MAGNETIC RADIATIONS).
These radiations cause the following problems
- Dry Eyes
- Blurry Vision
- Color Blindness
- Severe Headache
- Eyes Irritation
- Burning Sensations
In Ayurveda, such defects of eyes are called as “DRISHTI DOSH”. So, to prevent and treat these problems, Ayurveda provides some simple steps to be followed as described below.
- Adjust the brightness level of the computer or laptop and mobile screens according to the light in the surrounding nearby.
- Keep a distance of minimum 25 cm between your eyes and the screens as recommended by the eye experts.
- Take a rest of 5 min. after every 20 to 30 minutes of continuous working and relax your eye tissues.
- Cucumber pieces or Aloevera strips can be kept on eyes during those rests to comfort the eyes and avoid stretching.
- Wash your eyes with cold and clean water several times while working on screens.
- Put some drops of rosewater in your eyes before going to bed to drain all the dust particles and cleanse them.
- Perform some eye exercises that will improve the blood circulation and help to maintain optimum vision.
Exercises for Healthy Eyes
- Roll the eyes clockwise and anticlockwise for 20-30 seconds each.
- Quick blinking for 20-30 seconds after some time intervals.
- Rub your palms for 4 to 5 minutes, partially fold them to make curves and place on your closed eyes.
Home Remedies for Improving Eyesight
The most effective and best home remedy for improving eyesight is the consumption of almonds. Being naturally rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants they not only benefit the eye health but also enhance the memory and concentration levels. It can be taken in the two healthiest ways.
How to Use
Soak 7-8 almonds overnight. In the following morning, either chew the almonds after peeling off or grind them into a fine paste, mix in a hot glass of milk and drink.
It is called as “The Herb of Sight” by our ancestors for some great reason. It is enriched with the healthy nutrients and antioxidants that promote the healthy eyesight. It is easy to use this at home.
How to Use
Just take 1 cup of almonds, and fennel seeds each and some sugar candies for taste. Grind them together to make a fine powder. Have 1tsp of this powder daily before going to sleep continuously for around 40 days. The improvements will be clearly seen.
3. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C. It is one of those wonders of nature that can never have any adverse effects on anyone’s health, but only the benefits. The high content of Vitamin C in Amla boosts the retina functioning and supports healthy capillaries. Amla can be included in our daily diet in various forms, such as, 1 raw Amla can be eaten daily,
How to Use
Intake of 2-3 spoons of Amla Juice mixed with half cup of water, or 1 tsp of Amla powder with 1 glass of lukewarm water. One can choose one or more ways to have it. It is the best herb for promoting holistic health including each and every cell of the human body.
4. Cow Ghee
According to Ayurveda, consumption of Cow ghee on daily basis not only helps in boosting our immunity and body strength but also helps us to treat many ailments. Likewise, the external application of ghee is also mentioned in Ayurveda for better results.
How to Use
Just take a few drops of cow ghee on your finger tips and massage it gently for 2-4 min. at your temples (the lower portion of forehead between eyes and the ears). Apply it continuously for 15-20 days, the results will be efficiently seen.
In a nutshell, the above-provided information about the increasing problems of eyes due to long working hours, and their solutions is well experienced and tested. The time period of witnessing the results may vary in individuals but these remedies will gradually provide benefits. Besides the above remedies, we should consult the Ayurveda experts to avoid any major severities and complications. Also, there are many beneficial herbs in Ayurveda to treat Eye problems such as Amalaki Rasayan, Bilberry Capsules, etc. Stay connected for more amazing health-related tips and remedies. Stay Healthy.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.