Exercises help keep eyes healthy

EYESIGHT
Exercises help keep eyes healthy
Dr Mahipal Sachdev

Eyes form a vital organ of the body, constantly in use while we do our
activities. They are in use all the time, Then why is the need for
eye-exercises?

Points to remember

*Never ignore problems like headache, pain in are around the eyes, eyestrain
and sleepiness.
*Learn how to do eye exercises.
*Consult your doctor before starting an exercise programme.

We need our eyes to work all the time for us and so is the need to take
proper care of them. We are rather trained to keep our bodies fit. We do all
sorts of exercises to keep the body fit, but forget about our eyes.

Eyes are rather overused nowadays as the whole world is accessible on the
television and computers. This has changed our lifestyle. In this age of
information technology, for the maximum hours of the day a person sits in
front of the computer or television with the eyes focused on the screen.

We ignore common symtoms which the body gives us as a signal to take care of
. Doctors commonly see patients turning to them only when the severity of
the symptoms is more or is affecting their work schedules or targets. The
common problems which patients present with are headache, pain in or around
the eyes, eyestrain, sleepiness and feeling like stop working/
reading.Therecan be blurred vision, watering or running of letters
after reading for some
time.

Here are some eye exercises explained which will relieve the eyestrain and
keep our eyes healthy. One should understand that they DO NOT IMPROVE EYE
VISION:

Steps

Palming: One should sit comfortably and rub ones hands together to make them
warm. Keep the eyes closed and cover them lightly with your cupped palms.
Don't apply any pressure on your eyeballs. Place your palms so that the eyes
are covered properly. Make sure that there are no gaps between the fingers
so that no light-rays enter the eyes. Do deep breathing slowly. Relax like
that for three-five minutes and then uncover the eyes. Repeat the palming
for three minutes or more.

Convergence exercise: Hold a pencil in front of you at arm's length. Move
your arm slowly to your nose, and follow the pencil with your eyes until you
can't keep it in focus. Repeat 10 times. This will strengthen the eye
muscles responsible for convergence.

Change of focus: The focus on a distant object for a few seconds and slowly
refocus your eyes on a nearby object at arms' length. Focus for several
seconds and go back to the distant object. Do this five times. Taking short
breaks while working on the computer to stare out to the distant object also
relieves some eyestrain.

Always consult your eye doctor before doing any of these exercises. Don't do
the exercises with your contact lenses on. Do not apply pressure on your
eyes.
It is more important to do the exercises regularly than to do them for a
long time.

Do this for at least a few days and you should notice that when you finish
working your eyes aren't as tired as usual and start your day with shining
and relaxed eyes!

*The writer is Chairman and Medical Director, Centre for Sight, New Delhi.
Email:msachdev@bol.net.in*

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