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How to Take Care of Your Precious Eyes, With Simple Yogic Eye Exercises

As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Take care of your precious eyes

Take care of your precious eyes

Basic eye exercises

Basic eye exercises

Do you really take proper care of your eyes?

Whenever you meet a person, what is the first thing you notice about him/ her?

Well, I think it is the---

---Eyes.

  • The eyes can tell you so much about a person.
  • Can you imagine, how the world would be, without this precious gift?
  • Without seeing this beautiful world, the wonderful nature, our lovely dear ones, the life would not be worth living.
  • The eyes are the most important part of our body.
  • Therefore, isn’t it important to take proper care, of our most precious possession?
  • But sadly, most of us neglect our eyes. In fact, they are the most misused part of our body.

Few precautions, which must be taken, for the eyes:

1. Getting up early:

Waking up early, preferably before the Sunrise, is good for the eyes.

The reason is, that you do not open your eyes, in the broad daylight, and by the time the Sun rises, your eyes get used to the light, gradually.

Opening up of the eyes, from the darkness (closed eyes), to sudden broad daylight, is very harmful for the eyes.

2. Avoiding unnatural lights:

In today's world, it‘s not possible to stay away from the television, computer and other visual exposures, to the eyes. They are inevitable, and can’t be avoided. But sadly, they do harm our eyes.

Our eyes are safe, if we see the objects in natural light, and from a distance. But the many electronic devices, we use everyday, are just opposed to this.

So, should we stop using these devices?

No, We can't, even if we want to.

But, we can definitely spend some time for regular eye care, each day, from our busy schedules.

3. Cleaning, Hygiene and eye ailments:

Washing your eyes with clean water, twice a day is a must, to wash off the dust or dirt.

Although, nature has provided its own guard, the eyelashes and the tear glands, which clear and clean the natural way.

The eyes do get tired, sometimes they are swollen, at other times, they are red or watery. There can be blurred vision and headache. Please do not ignore these issues.

Even though, there is a natural mechanism to fight the infections in our eyes, if any infection does occur, it is essential to see the Ophthalmologist, and get the Eyes examined.

Follow simple Yogic exercises for healthy eyes

Follow simple Yogic exercises for healthy eyes

Quotes:

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.

~~~Paramahansa Yogananda

The eyes are the most precious gift of life. Take proper care.

The eyes are the most precious gift of life. Take proper care.

5 Simple Yogic Exercises For Healthy Eyes:

Of all the sense organs , eyes are the most vital. Here are some simple exercises in Yoga. They are beneficial for the eyesight, and strengthens and activates the eye muscles.

1. Eye Pressing:

Press tightly the eyes, with the help of the eye muscles, around the eyes and the muscles of the eyelids. Maintain the pressure for about 5 to 10 seconds. Then, relax the eyes and the involved muscles, as much as possible.

Repeat at least for 10 times.

2. Alternately looking at near and distant objects:

Stand near a window or in the balcony. Hold the index finger of the right hand, about an inch or two away from your nose. Look at the finger for 3 seconds. Shift the gaze to a very distant building or a tree for 3 seconds.

Repeat the process with both the eyes, at least 30 times.

3. Upward and downward movements:

Move the eyes upward, as much as possible, while not moving your neck. Then bring them downwards, as much as possible.

Repeat for 10 times.

4. Movements of the eyes to different directions:

a. To the left, and to the right:

Move the eyes to the right, as much as possible, and then to the left, as much as possible. Do not move your neck.

Repeat this process 10 times.

b. Upwards to the left, and to the right:

Move your eyes to the corner of the left side. Then, move them to the lower corner of the right side.

Repeat 10 times.

Move the eyes to the upper corner of the right side. Then move them to the lower corner of the left side.

Repeat 10 times.

c. Circular movements:

Move the eyes first, in the clockwise direction, and then in the anticlockwise direction. Continue these movements for 10 times.

5. Palming:

This is mainly for the relaxation of the eyes.

Sit in a relaxed position, preferably on a dining table.

Make your palms, as cups and keep them over your cheek bones.

Your elbows should rest on the table.

Cover your closed eyes and relax. No pressure, and no light, should be allowed inside.

Keep your mind completely relaxed, and do not think about anything. You should be able to feel absolute black background.

Remain sitting in this position for sometime.

Now open, and quickly blink, and open your eyes.

You will feel the difference. If done correctly; you will feel freshness and relaxation in your eyes.

You can do the Palming exercise, for 4 to 5 times in a day. This is a wonderful exercise, for the tired eyes.

6. Smiling and laughing:

Laughing and smiling has its positive benefits for the health, and as such, for the eyes too. Especially, when you laugh, the stress and mental anxiety is reduced. All your nervous system, your brain, blood circulation, lungs, various muscles and adrenals have a positive impact of hearty laugh, and so even the eyes get benefits from it.

No wonder, so many laughter clubs, have men and women, laughing out loud, in the morning, as part of their fitness regime. They look happy, and their eyes shine, with brightness.

Diet which is beneficial for healthy eyes:


1. Four to five almonds soaked in water overnight, should be taken everyday. Remember to chew them properly.

2. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, cabbage etc. should be part of your daily diet.

3. Fresh fruits, such as apples, grapes, oranges, cherries, papaya, pineapple, carrots, gooseberries etc. are good for eye health.

4. Dry fruits such as walnuts, dates, raisins.

5. Milk and its many products.

6. Jaggery and Honey are good for eye health.

7. Rose water is considered good for the eyes. You can soak cotton swabs in cold rose water, and keep them over the closed eyes, to relax them in the summer season.

8. Avoid preserved food items, oily and high calorie food items.

Make a promise, to take proper care of your eyes and your beloved ones, especially children, and elderly persons.

References: Some reliable websites for more information about eye health and exercises

https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/health-and-wellness/yoga-eyes

https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eye-exercises

Yogic Eye Exercises, source: You tube

Improving eyesight with the right food, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you perform exercises for the Eyes regularly? Please share how in the comments section!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 03, 2020:

Thank you Devika, for reading and appreciating the article. Glad that you liked it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 03, 2020:

manatita44 Interesting, informative and well written about taking care of the eyes. I so agree with you and this information is key to saving our precious sight.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 03, 2020:

Thank you Manatita, for reading this article and sharing your thoughts and experiences. I hope you are doing well. Yes, I know that people with glaucoma have to take care of their eyes, use the prescribed eyedrops, to maintain pressure. Take care. Wish you the best of everything.

Have a wonderful day.

manatita44 from london on November 02, 2020:

Well, I wear glasses. Probably started in my mid-forties and no, I don't do the exercises. I use the foods though, as well as supplements. I saw the doc today, as I had a glaucoma op last March. The pressure is 10 and 13. A sweet relief!

Your article is detailed and helpful and I see that you have included exercises. Awesome!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2015:

Thank you billybuc, for reading and commenting!

Glad you liked the information!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2015:

I've never heard of this but it was fascinating. Thank you for the great information.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2015:

Thank you thoughtforce, for reading this article and your positive comments!

I am glad it is helpful to you. These eye exercises will definitely help to relax your eyes and strengthen the surrounding nerves and muscles. Aging is inevitable but we can definitely delay the process by healthy lifestyle.

Many thanks for commenting and wish you all the best!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on June 16, 2015:

Just what I was looking for! I have noticed that my eyesight is getting worse with age and have been looking for some exercise to perhaps slow down the process a little. Thanks for sharing this information Chitrangada, voted up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2014:

Thanks Vellur, for reading and commenting!

Your votes and positive comments are much appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 09, 2014:

Great hub. Thank you for sharing these eye exercises with us, voted up. Useful and informative.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2014:

Thanks Suzette, for your kind visit and support!

I am glad you found the information useful. Thanks for your positive comments!

suzettenaples on March 21, 2014:

This is such an interesting and informative hub. I don 't think we think of eye health when we think sbout our body. At least I don't. I never thought of yoga exercises for the eyes but it makes a lot of sense. So does your information about riding at dawn so the eyes gently become adjusted to daylight. I never thought about that before. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2014:

Thanks sangre, for your visit and support!

Yes we must exercise our eyes everyday. Nowadays most of us strain our eyes with constant use of computers, mobiles etc. Therefore we need to take care of our eyes even more.

Thanks for commenting!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 07, 2014:

I never knew you could exercise your eyes! I usually have to get up around 7am and until summer comes, it's usually dark, so that fact about sunrise was interesting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 04, 2014:

Thanks CraftytotheCore, for your kind visit and comments!

It is true that constant exposure to artificial light and Computer in particular can harm our eyes. Since it can not be avoided in today' s life style, we can at least take care of our eyes by allotting at least 10-15 minutes from our busy schedule for our most precious possession.

Thanks again!

CraftytotheCore on February 03, 2014:

I never realized waking up early had the added benefit of being good for our eyes. I just had an eye exam. I told the doctor my eyes are always tired. He said it's the unnatural lighting and the computer. Very interesting article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 19, 2013:

Thanks Nellieanna!

I am honoured to get compliments from such a celebrated Hubber!

Thank you Ma'am!

I will be more than happy, if this hub helps you in any way. Thanks for your kind visit and lovely, encouraging comments.

Have a good day!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on November 18, 2013:

Excellent! My eyes have been poor since birth and that was almost 82 years ago. Mother always encouraged me to look into distance when I was a child. Several of your suggestions are similar to what I've done most of my life, but you've added many more and clarified the ones I do! Thank you! I love all your suggestions! (I had to look up 'jaggery' - Now I know! So interesting.)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 31, 2013:

Thanks CharronsChatter, for visiting this hub and your insightful comments! I am glad that you liked it. It is indeed very important to take care of our most precious possession--the Eyes!

Thanks for sharing!

Karen Robiscoe from California on October 30, 2013:

wow! i knew about none of this stuff. And here I am with eyeballs...lol. I always wash my eyes with water--just automatically. It's very interesting that bright lights interrupting darkness is not just unpleasant--but harmful! Who knew?

sharing to fb!!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2013:

Thanks Leena, for reading and commenting!

I am pleased to know, that you liked the hub--Thanks!

Leena from new delhi on October 06, 2013:

Very good article on eye health and even the eye exercises mentioned are beneficial.

voted and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 09, 2013:

Thanks Rose, for reading the article. I am glad you found it beneficial. Rose water is indeed tried and tested for eye care, as well as skin care.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 09, 2013:

Thanks vespawoolf, for reading and your positive comments. I hope and wish that you benefit from the eye exercises mentioned above.

Many thanks for voting up and sharing!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 08, 2013:

A very informative and beneficial article! Excellent tips on maintaining healthy eye care. By the way, that's very interesting about the Rose water, I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 08, 2013:

My husband has had eye problems and I work on a computer long hours, so this Hub was very interesting and useful to me. I like the reminders about eye exercises and the palming exercise sounds especially relaxing! Thank you...voted up and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 22, 2013:

Thanks sweetie1, for reading this hub and appreciating it!

sweetie1 from India on May 21, 2013:

Interesting hub with useful tips. Eyes are very important to eye and thus we must take proper care of them.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 06, 2013:

Thanks HendrikDB, for your visit and positive comments!

HendrikDB on May 05, 2013:

Very good! I like the exercises, it is actually easy to do!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2013:

Thanks suzzycue, for reading this hub and your comments! I am sure you would include eye exercises as well, in your routine.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2013:

These are great exercises for the eyes. I exercise everything else even my face muscles but never ever thought to exercise my eyes. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up and sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 21, 2013:

Thanks Marcy Goodfleisch, for your visit and positive comments! I am glad you got the point that exercising our eyes is equally important.

Thanks and have a great day!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 20, 2013:

What interesting concepts! It makes perfect sense to exercise our eyes as well as our bodies - I'm going to look into this further. No pun intended!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 20, 2013:

Thanks Jackie Lynnley, for your kind visit and support. Have a good day!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 19, 2013:

This is very interesting. I will use your advice to help with my eye health, thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2013:

Thanks Aisha Jilani, for your visit and support.

Aisha Jilani from Lahore on April 10, 2013:

Interesting eye exercises, keep sharing more...

Voted up :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 26, 2013:

Thanks sgbrown, for reading this hub and your insightful comments.

I agree, we must be more careful about our eyes, as we age. With so much dependence on electronic gadgets nowadays, it becomes all the more important to take care of our precious eyes. I am glad you liked the hub.

Thanks for voting up!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

I love your eye exercises. As we age, the muscles in our eyes deteriorate, just like other muscles in our body. It is important to keep these muscles toned as well. I have heard that exercising the muscles in our eyes can help to improve our eyesight as we age. I am going to try your eye exercises! Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a great day! :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 26, 2013:

Thanks Tonipet, for reading this hub and commenting.

I am glad you found this hub informative enough, to link to your hub. I am sure your hub would be great, looking at your previous works. I am pleased and honored.

Thanks and have a good day!

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on March 26, 2013:

Hi chit. Very informative. I just finished a hub about caring for the aging eye, and I find your (this hub) can support for other tips. Please allow me to link my hub to this hub of yours. It would be great to share a lot of tips as we writers needed all these. You'll find the link in the special tips. Thank you and best wishes :=) -Tonette

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 24, 2013:

Thanks L.L. Woodard, for reading this hub.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you benefit from these exercises, especially as regards eye strain and eye fatigue.

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on March 23, 2013:

I can see where the eye exercises would be beneficial to fight eye fatigue and even headaches associated with eye strain and fatigue. Thanks for providing these easy-to-understand and easy-to-do yoga eye exercises.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 18, 2013:

Thanks Radcliff, for visiting and encouraging comments. I am glad you found the hub useful.

Take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 18, 2013:

Thanks healthylife2, for your visit and appreciative comments. I am glad you found the hub useful.

Since you yourself seem to be an expert on health issues, as per your profile page and your hubs, I hope you would take good care of your precious eyes in future and try the exercises as well.

Thanks and have a good day!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on March 17, 2013:

I love yoga, but this is the first I've heard about yoga for the eyes. I will work on making these exercises a habit--I especially like the palming exercise. It looks so relaxing! Thank you for the tips!

healthylife2 on March 17, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this useful information on eye care. I do wake up early to take the kids to school and use eye drops when I wake up to clean out my eyes and it seems to make a difference. I had no idea there were eye exercises. I will definitely try them. You gave a comprehensive explanation so they will be very easy to follow. voted up and shared!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 14, 2013:

Thanks DDE for your visit and appreciative comments. I am glad you found it informative. I liked your line'.....you have opened my eyes.....'

Thanks and have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 14, 2013:

Thanks Bishop55, for visiting this page and your kind comments. I hope it helps you. I know some people, who got Lasik correction done and they are doing perfectly fine as far as their vision is concerned. I wish you good luck and take care of your eyes.

Thanks again!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 14, 2013:

The eyes are so precious, tips one must take into consideration. You have opened my eyes to these ways of taking care of my eyes. Thanks for sharing such an informative hub, voted up and useful!

Rebecca from USA on March 08, 2013:

Planning on putting some of your ideas in practice. Now if I could just get Lasik. I have a near sighted eye and the other is far. 20/40 in one 20/70 in the other. I have no idea how I have a license! LOL Nice hub. eyes are so often neglected, yet so important

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2013:

Thanks unknown spy, for visiting this hub and comments. Yes, we should be thankful and take good care of our precious eyes.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on March 07, 2013:

they are our windows to the world. without our eyes, life would be dark and i find it hard to imagine. we should be very thankful that our eyes are okay and have to take good care of them.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2013:

Thanks girishpuri, for visiting this hub and your appreciative comments.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on March 07, 2013:

My eyes are weak since birth, i daily wash my eyes with fresh water and it helps a lot. You suggestions for yogic exercises are useful, thanks Chitrangda.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2013:

Thanks MarleneB, for not just reading the hub but also doing the eye exercises. I am glad it helped you.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 12, 2013:

I did the exercises and my eyes felt relieved when I was done. These are great tips and exercises. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2013:

Thanks sarahshuihan, for your visit and comment. People are using computer for almost everything, so it is appropriate to take care of their over strained eyes.

Sarah from USA on February 10, 2013:

I have never heard of yoga for the eyes, but this will prove useful since I use the computer a lot! Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2013:

Thanks MG Singh, for your visit and comment. Glad, you found the hub interesting and informative.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2013:

Thanks rajan jolly, for visiting this page and commenting. I am glad you found it useful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2013:

Thanks Ajayaryan, for reading my hub and appreciating it. Yes, smiling and laughing does help. All negative emotions damage our health and all positive emotions help to keep us fit and healthy.

MG Singh from UAE on February 09, 2013:

Very interesting and informative

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 09, 2013:

Chitrangada, very useful tips and certainly these yogic exercises are useful in keeping eyesight good. Also, the diet suggestion is wonderful.

Voted up and useful and shared

Ajay Kumar Singh from India on February 09, 2013:

I find this hub useful and therefore rated it so. Really, I never thought so much about eyes but only after going through this hub. What I enjoyed most is the simple and natural ways to take care of the eyes. Great to learn that smiling and laughing also does good to the eyes. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 06, 2013:

Thanks tillsontitan, for reading my hub. I appreciate your comments and feedback. Yes, we must take care of our eyes to avoid eye problems and vision defects in future.

Thanks for voting up.

Mary Craig from New York on February 05, 2013:

What a wonderful idea...exercising our eyes. We abuse our eyes so much and really do little to take care of them. You make good points and your exercises are simple and I have no doubt beneficial.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2013:

Thanks prasetio30, for reading this hub and your valuable comments. It means a lot to me, coming from an experienced hubber like you.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2013:

Thanks bingskee, for visiting and commenting. I am glad you found the hub interesting, especially the exercise part.

Have a good day!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 04, 2013:

I had never heard about taking care the eyes with simple yogic eye exercise. Your article is useful for us. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

bingskee from Quezon City, Philippines on February 04, 2013:

i like the exercise part best. i have not done those things except with the pressing but with the use of the ring and point fingers lightly on the brows and below the eyes.

it is my first time also to hear about getting up early being good to our eyes.

interesting hub. :)