Eyes have often been ignored by a lot of us and if you ask around as to how many times a week anyone did something to improve eyes, the most probable answer is zero. Being your window to the world, and with increasing time being spent on watching TV and computers, it is important to pay attention to your eyes.

Eyes are one of the most important organs in the body. All five elements play a role in maintaining eye health. Earth (prithvi) governs the muscular part of the eye, fire (tejas) rules the blood vessels, air (vayu) governs the color, water (apu) dominates the white area, and space (akasha) controls the tear ducts and channels. The eye is also governed by Alochaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta which becomes less balanced as we age. That’s why it’s important to care for your eyes throughout life. Upkeep of eyes involves many steps. Habits like not continuously staring at screens or monitors, which leads to straining of eyes and ensuring proper lighting while using your eyes are some of the healthy habits. Sleep is also important to ensure eyes are maintained healthy.

Yogic eye exercises, if done daily, are a gentle and effective way to prevent vision problems from developing. They are especially recommended for children, but adults can help prevent farsightedness from developing in middle age, and even people who wear glasses can prevent their vision from getting worse. If you already do yoga regularly, continue with your normal routine, because most yogic exercises have a good effect on the eyes. Foods like apple, sprouted chickpeas and raw carrots, along with almonds, green leafy vegetables and wheat bread provide nourishment for eyes.

Leading Ayurvedic hospitals have extensive programme for eyes and rehabilitation of eyesight.

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