Most of the time we mainly focus on our body health by doing some physical exercise to keep it healthy. And we have overlooked that the health of our eyes are as important as our body health too!
When we didn’t take care of our eyes by making it tire and feel strain, it is not only will affect our health of eyes, but affect our overall body and mind too.
How Everything Is Connected
Always remember everything is connected not only between you and the outer world but each and every part of our body, internal and external, are connected.
We are connected to our Mother Earth and even she is connected to the universe out there too! Therefore, we are connected to the universe too.
Everything is energy, including you and me, and everything around us. Therefore, we are all connected with everything. Nothing happen without a reason. Regardless we know it or not.
Yoga is about the union of body, mind and soul. It is about union with everything as a whole, as Oneness. I have another blog post about What is Yoga if you are interested to learn more.
Symptoms of Eye Strain
How do you know that you have strain your eyes? As follows are some signs and symptoms of eyestrain which are telling you that you have strain your eyes already.
Eyestrain Signs and Symptoms
- Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
- Watery or dry eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Sore neck, shoulders or back
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open
- Trouble sleeping
So can you see now how eyestrain can lead to headache, sore neck, shoulders and your back? And I believe this will not come across your mind that all your these pain is due to you have strain your eyes!
And when we are suffering in pain, it will affect our mood and mental health. So can you see just a simple eyestrain can affect our body, mind and soul because everything are connected.
The Causes of Eyestrain
In order to prevent eyestrain, we have to learn what are the common causes of eyestrain. Everything happen for a reason. Therefore, we need to know what are the causes of it before we try to find solution to the problem. It’s no point complaining as it does not help to solve any problem.
Common Causes of Eyestrain
- Looking at digital device screens
- Reading without pausing to rest your eyes
- Driving long distances and doing other activities involving extended focus
- Being exposed to bright light or glare
- Straining to see in very dim light
- Having an underlying eye problem, such as dry eyes or uncorrected vision (refractive error)
- Being stressed or fatigued
- Being exposed to dry moving air from a fan, heating or air-conditioning system
As you can see stress or fatigue is one of the common causes of eyestrain. So learns to relax! Don’t put too much stress in yourself. A lot of time, stress is created by ourselves without realizing it.
I would love to share one of my blog post – Keep Life Simple, which will be helpful for those stressful people to learns to view life differently.
How To Block Blue Light From Computer
Extended use of computers and other digital devices is one of the most common causes of eyestrain. As I believe most of the people need to look at either their computer or cellphone everyday. I am one of them! Although I try to minimize the usage if possible.
Since it is not possible to stop using digital devices, at least we can do something to expose less to this blue-violet lights.
I would highly recommend, especially for those who need to spend a long time in front of the computer, to wear a blue light glasses.
I have bought one recently and it really help. You can feel and experience the difference with a blue light glasses. Try it yourself!
Learn to give yourself some breaks in between work to look away from your computer screen. Look out of the window and see far.
I love to look at the green like the trees and plants, the sky, the birds and butterfly flying, feel the breeze! I can feel the tension of my eyes, include my neck and shoulders, being release!
Yoga For Eyes
For those who have practice yoga, you will notice different yoga poses will require you to either look up or at your hand, or certain part of your body. This looking is actually also exercising your eyes.
I just take one of the example of yoga pose, Cobra Pose. You are required to look up while you are holding at the pose with your breathing.
Some people might feel eyes straining while looking up but they don’t know it actually gets your eyes muscles being stretch and help people who suffer migraine problem too.
Other therapeutic yoga exercises include:
- Side-to-Side / Up-to-Down / Corner-to-Corner Gaze
- Rotating Eyes
- Tip of the Nose Focus
You can try the above eyes exercises every morning after wake up. You can just sit on your bed to do them!
Palming is a simple yet effective way to relax your eyes. If you are feeling eyestrain during the day, you can try this palming to release the eyestrain immediately.
How To Do:
- To begin, sit straight with your eyes closed. Let your muscles loosen and body relax.
- Rub the palms of your hands vigorously, until they become warm and place the palms gently over your eyelids.
- Feel the warmth getting transferred from your palms to your eyes. Breathe deeply.
- Maintain this position until the warmth from your hands has been absorbed completely.
- Now, lower your hands while keeping your eyes closed and relax.
- Once again rub the palms and repeat the process at least three times.
Tip of the Nose Focus is a good practice because it can help you concentrate as one of the eyestrain symptoms is difficulty in concentrating.
How To Do:
- Sit straight either with your legs crossed or on a chair.
- Raise your right arm straight directly in front of the nose.
- Your right fist should be closed and your thumb should be pointing upward.
- Focus on the tip of your thumb.
- Now, bend the arm and gradually bring the thumb to the tip of the nose, all the while having the eyes focused on the tip of the thumb.
- Remain in this position for a while with the thumb held at the tip of the nose with the eyes focused there.
- Continuing to gaze at the tip of the thumb, gradually straighten the arm.
- This constitutes a single round.
- Repeat this exercise at least five rounds.
Yoga Cleansing Techniques
Shat Kriyas or Yogic cleansing techniques are an integral part of yoga as they help eliminate accumulated toxins from the system. There are six major cleansing techniques – Neti, Kapal Bhati, Dhauti, Basti (Enema), Nauli and Trataka.
Trataka or candle-gazing is an ancient Yogic technique to cleanse the eyes. Some benefits of Trataka include:
- cleans and heals the eyes
- cleanses the cerebral cortex
- overall purifying
- improves concentration as a beginning for a deeper meditation practice
- balances the nervous system
- helps relieve anxiety and depression
- diminishes insomnia
I would like to share a video by Yogi Trupta who teach you the step by step how to practice Trataka, including some eyes exercises I have mentioned above. Please enjoy.
Sharing Your Experience
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If you have tried the blue light glasses or any of the eyes exercises or the Trataka technique, you are welcome to share your experience.
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