According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 150 million Americans wear glasses, and 37 million Americans wear contacts. These numbers are huge, and growing at quite a high rate as well. While many causes leading to poor eyesight are there, some of which are genetic and out of a person’s control and the others are environmental. This especially holds true if you spend the majority of your day in front of a computer, because of work or for leisure. According to WebMD, there is a term for strained eyesight due to too much time spent looking at screens. It’s called “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
However, you can work towards improving your eyesight naturally and reducing the pain and strain that has come to define contemporary work life, by trying these home remedies:
Regular Eye Exercises
There are a billion workouts for your biceps, abs, glutes, butt, even cheeks! It wouldn’t be fair to leave your eyes out of the mix, considering just how vital the gift of sight is for us. ‘Healthy and Natural Life’ says that by following the above 16 lines with your eyes you can effectively give your eyes a workout (and the best part is that you won’t even feel sore the next day!). Dedicate a few minutes of your time every day for these eye exercises and watch your eyesight gradually improve (literally).
Same as exercise, incorporate eye massages into your routine to ensure good eyesight. Lightly apply pressure to your closed eyeballs with the help of the tips of your index and middle fingers. Maintaining the gentle pressure with your middle finger, use your index finger to apply pressure above and under your eyeball, as demonstrated by Healthy and Natural Life.
Drink Carrot Juice
According to Scientific American, carrots are good for your eyes. This is because carrots are packed with beta-carotene which is used by our body to make vitamin A, which is essential for proper eyesight, especially in low light. Another remarkable fact is that the cornea can disappear if the body does not get enough vitamin A. And it is good food for overall health as well.
When you think of meditation, a general idea that comes to mind is sitting cross-legged with arms resting on your legs your eyes shut. But Healthy and Natural Life explain that there is an Indian form of meditation called Trataka, in which are supposed to keep your eyes open and focused on a single point or object. By doing so, you will not only strengthen your eyesight but also develop better concentration power, helping you in other areas of your life as well.
Warm Your Eyes Up
The well known Dr. Oz recommends warming your eyes up by rubbing your palms together to create some heat and then cupping them over the eyes. Hold them in place for five seconds and repeat three times. This should provide instant peace and comfort.
Massage Your Temples
Taking your thumb knuckles and rubbing them in a circular motion on your temples can stimulate improved eyesight. Massage for a count of 20 in one direction and then repeat for another 20 counts in the other direction. Dr. Oz says it is also helpful to massage the point in between your eyebrows and under your eyes at the bridge of your nose in this way.
Turns out, placing cucumber slices over your eyes isn’t just for Hollywood makeover sessions! Dr. Oz suggests placing these over your closed eyes to give them a much-needed rest. In the modern world, our eyes go through so much of strain from staring at the screens of our smartphones, computers, and televisions, resulting in weaker eyesight. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Give your eyes a relaxing massage, get in the habit of exercising your eyes, and maybe treat yourself to cooling cucumbers at the end of the day.