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Strengthen Eyesight

And let there be light

Perhaps more than any other organ of perception, we rely on our eyes to define the world around us and see our way. When we look into each others eyes, we instantly know if we have an affinity giving rise to the expression that ‘our eyes are the windows to our souls’.

But like so much in our life, our eyes are taken for granted. Just think, if you want to run a race or climb a mountain you do some training but usually we accept our eyes are there and pay them no heed until such time as they begin to lose their receptivity. In other words our vision begins to fail.

Some children are born with eyesight impairments and some people find their eyesight diminishes at an early age, but the majority of us usually get into our mid to late life before spectacles are needed to assist vision. There are a multitude of reasons why eyesight diminishes or even fails, but one of the most common and overlooked reasons is neglect.

You may think that because the eyes are set back inside the head and they are sensitive to touch that there is nothing you can do to help maintain good eyesight. However like the rest of the body, the tissues that make up the eye in this mechanism is a function require good nutrition. At the very least, to maintain good eyesight you must have a good diet containing an abundance of leafy greens and especially vegetables that are yellow in colour.

Fruits and vegetables with a yellowish colour are generally rich in beta-carotene which is also known as vitamin A. These beta-carotene rich foods are not going to cure blindness, but they are an essential element to help maintain good eyesight because if the body is generally malnourished, eyesight may fail prematurely.

Keeping one’s body physically fit also supports the health of the eyes because when the body is fit, circulation is good and when combined with a good diet, the metabolism of the body functions well which facilitates the circulation and supply of nutrients to the eyes.

Exercises

That’s right, you can exercise your eyes. What we refer to as the eyeball contains cellular tissues that benefit from exercise. In fact there are many things you can do to exercise your eyes:

  1. Maintain or gain focal ability
    Sit or stand near to a window and focus your gaze onto an object inside the room for maybe 15 to 30 seconds. Then look out the window and focus on an object in the distance for a similar time span. If your eyesight is beginning to fail, this may help to slow the rate of decay. Similarly, you can focus on something a few centimetres from your eyes and then something a few metres away.
  2. Maintain or gain physical integrity
    To appreciate this, you need to understand that the eyeball is contained within a socket with fine filaments connecting into the back of the eye to supply blood and nutrition to the eyeball. As a ball, each eye has a horizontal and vertical axis.

    • Keeping eyes softly closed, simply turn your eyes as if to look up, feel the activity within the eye and ensure its comfortable. Hold the upward rotation 4 to 5 seconds and then look down for 4 to 5 seconds. Then look left and right for the same amount of time, but between looking up and down and between looking left and right, let your eyes return to looking forwards and relaxing for three or four seconds.
    • With your eyes softly closed, look to the left and roll your eyes as if looking up and across to the right. As you do this tried to be aware of the arc or trajectory of the movement which should be smooth, but as in the above exercises you may feel a small degree of stretch or even compression around the top of the eye. Repeat for or five times and then direct your gaze to one side before turning your eyes to look down and rolling your eyes down and across to look the other side, repeating the same number of times.I do not recommend rolling your eyes around and around, but if you must, ensure you do it the same number of times each way and keep the rotations very very soft and gentle. Similarly you can repeat these with the eyes open and preferably in a pleasant environment that is relaxing to the eyes.

There are lots of variations including looking up to the right, coming back to a neutral forward gaze then looking up to the left and coming back to a neutral forward gaze, then looking down right, back to neutral down left back to neutral and so on.

If you have the tenacity and the time you will find that you can do other exercises such as pulling eyes as deep into your skull as possible as though you’re trying to read a page this almost against your nose and then extending your eyes forwards as though you’re peering to see something far away. Then if you can perceive the vertical and horizontal axis and plains of the eyeballs, you can keep the eyeballs almost stationary as you look left right up dow back to neutral up right back to neutral down left potential down right back to neutral et cetera

Massage

Full body massage is a great because they relax the entirety of the body which in consequence reduces any stresses affecting the eyes. But in particular a neck head and face massage with particular attention to detail massaging around the eye socket without necessarily touching the eyeballs or putting any pressure on the eyes at all. People who do a lot of reading often find that it helps to gently massage around the bony ridges of the eye socket which provides relief for tired eyes when they have been reading or doing detailed work for long periods.

In terms of massage, having someone else to massage your body, head neck and face with some detailed work around the eye socket is best done by someone else, but a self face massage is also a good option. You can spend some time massaging your whole head with particular attention to the eye socket forehead temples and all the surfaces around the eye sockets.

Normally with a face massage there is little need to use any oil and with massage, one must not get oil in the eyes because that can be harmful. But you can gently massage your own eyeballs through the lids that can help provide some relief for tired and strained eyes. But remember it must be done very gently and there should never be any discomfort.

Palming

This is an exercise to help relax the eyeballs by gently applying warmth. It is best done by kneeling on the floor, but you can also set a chair as a second best option. Neil or set and rub your hands together until they are as warm as comfortable. Then keep your eyes open, cover your eyes with the palms of your hands and fold forwards so that your head is lower than your heart. The warmth of your hands is relaxing to the eyes and by having a head slightly lower than your heart, the blood-pressure into the head and consequently your eyes is increased slightly. When the heat goes out of your palms, sit up and repeat the exercise a few times.

Exercise your peripheral vision

Typically most of our attention is focused forwards and because we live in artificial environments our peripheral vision is often neglected. Exercise, hold your arms straight out in front of you and extend to fingers upwards, then slowly keeping eyes facing forwards relax your gaze and follow your fingers as you take your arms out and slightly back as far as you can so that you can still see your extended fingers.

If your peripheral vision is good, you will be able to extend your arms slightly beyond 180° and typically women have a greater degree of peripheral vision than men.

This concludes a summary of what you can do to help maintain your eyesight and can be referred to as a yoga for the eyes.

Republished from The Quiet Mind Body Shop

 

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