Some will say the eyes are the windows to the soul. To the more science-minded, they’re an incredibly complex organ that gives us the gift of vision.
Either way, most of us tend to take our eyes for granted.
Just imagine your world if you lost your sight – even just reading this passage on this very screen would be impossible, not to mention seeing the expression of a loved one … or catching a gorgeous sunrise.
Fortunately, several easy ways can help protect our eyes – and even improve eyesight naturally.
Eat Black Currant, Bilberry, And Blueberry
Anthocyanins or phytochemicals with antioxidant properties found in berries like black currant, bilberry, and blueberry are especially good for the eyes.
Animal studies have found that anthocyanins can stimulate the regeneration of rhodopsin, a protein in the retina that can help you see in low light.
Other research has shown that having black currant anthocyanoside concentrate can help the eyes adapt to the dark.
It can also give relief from temporary problems with vision, say from working with video display terminals for a long period of time, and prevent or relieve eye strain.
Given that so many of us spend a large part of the day staring at a screen, snacking on some black currants may not be such a bad idea!
Have Ghee Or Clarified Butter
Ayurveda sees many inflammatory and vision-related eye problems as rooted in pitta imbalance.
Having 1–2 teaspoons of ghee or clarified butter every day can help balance pitta and improve eyesight.
Do Physical And Eye Exercises
Exercise can help improve your overall health in many ways, from protecting your heart to improving your memory.
So it’s no surprise that it can benefit your eyes, too. Here’s an eye exercise sequence you could try right away.
- Sit back 20 inches from the screen.
- Maintain eye level with the CureJoy logo.
- Follow the eyeball as it moves across the screen.
- Do this for not more than 1 minute at a time.
Practice Yoga For The Eyes
Yoga too has benefits for the eye, and the yoga poses are very simple. You can try blinking, palming, and rotating the eyeball in different directions.
Some experts recommend the following set of exercises, similar to the eye exercises you just did:
- Try moving your eyeballs up and down without blinking – think about looking at a clock in front of you and tracing a line between the 12 and 6.
- After about 10 repetitions of this exercise, rub the palms of your hands together and cup your eyes so you can feel the warmth seep through – this is called palming.
- You can follow this by moving your eyeballs horizontally, from 9 to 3, and diagonally, from 2 to 7 and 11 to 4. These exercises may help relieve the extra pressure that we put on muscles when looking at nearby objects, like a book or computer screen.
How To Correct Your Vision According to Tibetan Monks
Another way to naturally correct your vision is by using the Tibetan eye chart. The philosophy behind
Tibetan medicine is that all beings are connected to their surrounding environment. It is believed that ailments are caused by a combination of diet and physical health, personal relationships, and climate.
The Tibetan eye chart was created by Tibetan Lama monks to strengthen the optic nerves and muscles to correct vision.
How To Use The Tibetan Eye Chart
- Hang the chart on a wall or place it in front of you with the centre of the chart aligned with your nose. Then, touch the centre spot of the image with your nose.
- Without moving your head, allow your eyes to follow along the outer edges of each arm of the figure, including the dots, in a clockwise motion.
- Once finished, blink and relax your eyes.
- Repeat the exercise counterclockwise.
- Blink and relax eyes.
- Repeat as many times as desired.
- Once finished, completely relax the body and slow the breath. To aid in relaxing your eyes, engage in palming. Keep palms cupped around your eyes for at least 30 seconds (the longer, the better).
- Recommended to practice for a few minutes every morning and night.