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Protecting Your Eyes

Modern life puts a lot of strain on the eyes. Following some simple rules and doing some easy exercises every day can neutralize most, but not all, eye problems.


Any factors that let us down, spoil our mood and lead to stress inevitably influence the “mirror of the soul” – our eyes. Computer modeling supported the suggestions of scientists that the function of processing images is directly influenced by the work of brain. Hence the conclusion: the higher the level of stress, the harder it is for our brain to process the incoming information from the retina. Or, vice versa, the less stress we experience, the better we see, despite gender, age and possible diseases. Quite often bad health -- nausea, dizziness and weakness -- is the result of excess eyestrain.

So let’s repeat the traditional advice of all ophthalmologists: try to experience less stress, especially if you are already diagnosed with glaucoma, cataracts or dystrophy of the retina.


Eye diet


In the beginning, it is necessary to learn one simple rule: if the overall diet is balanced and comprehensive and digestion and blood circulation are fine, then the body is quite able to supply the eyes with all the needed vitamins and microelements. A wise diet for the eyes means a wise diet for the body, and vice versa. We can only talk about some nuances, which can influence the eye health a little bit more. It goes without saying that a constant lack of vitamin A will eventually reduce eye health, but that doesn’t mean that you need to eat tons of carrots. Just add carrots to your daily diet. Don’t forget that beta-carotene is digested only when mixed with fats, so carrot juice or salad should be dressed with a little vegetable oil or sour cream. However, Finnish scientists have recently found out that beta-carotene can be dangerous for smokers. The experiments have shown that it reacts with some substances that are contained in cigarette smoke and can cause lung cancer.


Naturopaths recommend supplying the eyes with potassium, which is contained in parsley, celery, potatoes, rockmelon, green onion, oranges, cucumbers and watermelons. It is easy to follow this advice since potassium is good for other systems of your body as well. Every day, drink this mixture: one teaspoon of pure apple vinegar mixed with one glass of water and one teaspoon of honey. You can cook baked fruits with honey for dessert and cut down on coffee, white bread, refined sugars and alcohol in your diet if you really care about your eyes.


The lights


For the eyes to stay healthy, you should work and relax in comfortable light. Normal lighting should be around 20-30 watts for one square meter of surface, depending on the purpose of the room. You can combine the overhead light with the light of a standing lamp. In the kitchen, put additional lights over working surfaces. A bright light in the bedroom will not let you feel sleepy and in your working room you will need a table lamp.


A big difference between the lighting in a work area and the rest of the room will quickly make the eyes tired and lower the sharpness of your vision. That’s why it is not recommended to watch TV or work on a computer in a dark room.


Fitness club for eyes


Your eyes need an easy, relaxing workout, which should be done, in the following sequence:


  1. Shut the eyes tightly several times and try to relax.
  2. Open the eyes and do several circular movements with them clockwise and vice versa. Do an equal number of movements on each side.
  3. Move the eyes intensively to the both sides and up and down.
  4. Blink fast for several seconds.
  5. Put your warm palms on your eyes, cross your fingers on the forehead and wait until deep darkness appears.
  6. Blink 100 times.
  7. Put your forefinger on the tip of your nose and look at this point for several seconds.


Wisdom of yoga


According to yoga teaching, in a relaxed state, about 50% of all human bio-energy is consumed by eyesight. This fact was proven by science. Yoga claims that preservation of bio-energy is achieved by silence, closed eyes and concentration. Try to find time for outdoor activities in the country, away from the city borders. The eyes are used to analyze images of landscapes. That’s what they’ve been used for, for thousands of years, since the beginning of humankind. By the way, in the countryside you have an opportunity to do another yoga type of training – watching the sunrise and sunset. It is believed that it helps to sharpen the eyesight. While outdoors, try to look up in the sky and follow the movement of clouds or watch the stars at night. They say that doing this will make your eyes

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