Our eyes are one of the most vital organs, yet often one of the most neglected when it comes to care. Acharya Manish Ji, a respected natural health practitioner, offers insight into traditional eye care methods for protecting vision and promoting ocular health. Let’s explore some of his top tips!
The Importance of Healthy Eyes
Healthy eyes and good vision are critical in virtually every aspect of life. Our eyes enable us to work, read, drive, recognize faces, appreciate nature’s beauty, and more. Yet many of us take the gift of sight for granted. Vision problems can develop insidiously over many years. With a few proactive steps and natural therapies, we can nourish this precious sense and prevent deterioration.
Morning Eye Rejuvenation Ritual
Acharya Ji recommends starting each morning with a simple Ayurvedic technique to energize the eyes, improve circulation and relaxation.
- Upon waking, vigorously rub your palms together to generate heat. Place the warm palms gently over your closed eyes. Apply mild pressure for 10-15 seconds.
- Next, take a small amount of your own fresh morning saliva and gently smooth it around the eyelids and lashes using your ring finger. Allow it to absorb for 30 seconds before rinsing.
Saliva contains protein-producing enzymes while palm heat promotes blood flow to the eyes. This acts as a natural eye wash to cleanse and invigorate the ocular surface.
Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Vision
You’ve heard carrots are good for the eyes due to their vitamin A content. But eating a wide variety of antioxidant and nutrient-rich foods proves most beneficial. Acharya Ji advises emphasizing these eye-friendly foods:
- Leafy greens like kale, spinach and collard greens provide lutein and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients filter damaging UV rays.
- Salmon and sardines supply omega-3s to reduce intraocular inflammation.
- Eggs are full of zinc, vitamins A, C, E, and antioxidants to combat macular degeneration.
- Nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios deliver vitamin E and zinc for the retina.
- Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes and peppers contain vitamin C critical for eye health.
A junk food laden diet can have the opposite effect, so emphasize whole, fresh foods for maximum impact.
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Soothing Natural Eye Drops
Environmental irritants, pollutants, and too much screen time can cause dryness, redness, and fatigue in the eyes. Acharya Manish Ji suggests formulating your own soothing eye drops at home using two simple Ayurvedic ingredients:
- Steep 1 tsp fennel seeds in 1 cup hot water for 15 minutes. Strain and allow it to cool.
- Mix with 1 tsp rose water in a sterilized dropper bottle.
- Apply 1-2 drops in each eye as needed to relieve irritation.
The antioxidant compounds in fennel and rose water offer a cooling, anti-inflammatory effect without side effects.
Limiting Screen Time
Computers, tablets, phones and TV expose our eyes to high energy visible (HEV) blue light wavelengths. This can cause digital eye strain. Acharya Ji warns against excessive screen time:
- Follow the 20/20/20 rule – take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to view something 20 feet away.
- Limit after-dark screen use and use night mode settings.
- Position screens below eye level and adjust settings to reduce glare.
- Use computer glasses to filter blue light. Avoid rubbing eyes which further strains them.
Proper sleep allows eyes to rejuvenate, so limit electronic devices before bedtime.
Protective Eye Exercises
Just as physical exercise strengthens the body, eye exercises can enhance ocular muscle tone, flexibility, and circulation. Acharya Manish Ji recommends integrating these beneficial eye workouts:
- Palming – Rub hands together, cup over eyes, and let eyes rest in darkness for 5 minutes.
- Figure eights – Trace a large imaginary figure eight smoothly with your eyes, then switch directions.
- Near and far focusing – Hold your thumb up close and shift focus between it and a distant object.
- Side to side and up/down – Gaze fully left, right, up and down without moving head.
Aim for 2 minutes daily of each exercise to reduce eyestrain.
A few more tips
Alongside Acharya Ji’s recommendations:
- Get regular eye exams to detect issues early.
- Wear UV blocking sunglasses when outside.
- Give eyes rest from contacts with periodic glasses wear.
- Keep prescription lenses clean.
- Limit eye strain by adjusting lighting.
- Do not rub eyes excessively which can cause corneal damage.
- Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing which benefit the whole body including the eyes.
Your eyes work tirelessly every moment you are awake. Implement Acharya Manish Ji’s easy, natural eye care methods to nourish these windows to the world and maintain crystal clear vision well into your later years.