Tired eyes a common issue faced by one and all today. Tired eyes or sore eyes is characterized by puffiness around the eyes, with burning sensation or redness in the eyes, and heaviness in the head.
Lack of sufficient sleep hours is one of the main causes of tired eyes. The other common causes are eyestrain, allergy, excessive crying, fatigue, long hours of work on the computer, or continuously watching television, reading for prolonged hours in either dim light or very bright light, pollution, lack of oxygen supply to cornea, and conjunctivitis.
Ayurveda believes that several factors can affect efficient functioning of the eyes. Eye disease is caused by vitiation of three doshas. The tridoshas (vatta, pitta and kapha) usually function in their respective channels when in balanced condition. Factors such as those mentioned above, can actually vitiate these doshas in the eyes.
Apart from these, Ayurveda believes that other factors such as roaming around in hot son for long time, remaining awake for long time at night or sleeping in the afternoon, head injuries, use of microscope constantly for working, and alcoholism can also lead to tired/sore eyes.
Tired eyes presents itself with symptoms such as redness of the eye, burning sensation, irritation, heaviness in eyes, itchiness, watery eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision, headache, sore neck, and increased sensitivity to light.
Netra Tarpana is a specialized ayurvedic treatment for eyes, that helps relieve tiredness and improves eyesight. It is particularly recommended for people who work on the computer regularly for prolonged hours, drive for long periods or operate machinery, or for anyone who is suffering symptoms of tired or sore eyes.
The treatment is carried out together with a face massage, and about 30minutes, and usually performed by experts.
Freshly made dough rings are filled with fragrant oils and placed around the eyes. Thereafter, sterilized cows ghee is gently poured into the eyes keeping them open. It is an effective treatment for other eye diseases and blurred vision, too.
If you feel that the symptoms aggravate when you wake up in the morning, it could be due to disturbance in the vata dosha. One way to balance vata dosha is to splash your eyes and face with lukewarm water 10-15 times as soon as you wake up.
Bilberry and Lutein (usually found in Marigold) are two main nutrients that help the eyes. While Bilberry helps in reducing tiredness of the eyes, Lutein helps to moisturise and nourish the eyes and macula in general.
Boil 1/2t. fennel seeds in a cup of water, and reduce it to half and sip it warm.
Grind 1/2c. each of almonds, anise seeds and raw sugar, and add it to a cup of warm milk. Drink this solution.
Make a powder with blanched almonds, Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) and Brahmi. Take this mix 1-2 times a day, mixing with warm milk and raw sugar.
De-seed a pod of black cardamom and combine it with a tablespoon of honey and chew thoroughly, as this strengthens vision when taken regularly.
Triphala and Amla are also considered excellent for eye health.
Quick home remedies:
Although a good nap is excellent, one good quick fix solution would be to place a slice of cucumber on each eye and relax for 20-25 minutes.
Excellent refreshment for tired, sore eyes would be to dip a tea bag in lukewarm water for a few minutes and place one on each eye, and leave for 20 minutes.
Mix a few drops of rose water in a cup of water, dip two cotton gauzes in it and place them on your eyes for few minutes. Rosewater has cooling effect, and can easily reduce tiredness of the eyes.
Dip two cotton gauzes in a bowl of cold milk, and place them over eyes. This can help reduce puffiness.
Add few drops of lavender oil into a bowl of water. Soak cotton gauzes in this solution and place them on the eyelids for a few minutes.
Eye care tips:
Just as we all know that prevention is better than cure, it is better to take care of our eyes in the best possible way, than to over-strain them, and look for remedies.
Hence, experts recommend limiting use of computer and television during the day as far as possible. Although we can control television viewing, working on the computers is largely dependent on the type of jobs we handle. Therefore, take care to take intermittent breaks from the screen, and ensure good lighting to minimize eye strain and fatigue.
Ensure that you give a get a good 7hours sleep daily.
Rest your eyes by closing them for a minute in between work hours.
Wash your eyes with cold water several times a day.
Every thirty minutes look away from the computer and palm your eyes (rub both palms together quickly for 8 seconds, and place your palm over the eyes. Breathe in and out slowly to release stress). Repeat this 2-3 times.
Yoga poses such as Bhujangasana (Snake pose), Shavasana (rest pose) and Surya Namaskara (sun salutation pose) are recommended.