The dawn of the 21st century sees everyone opening their eyes to a bright screen every single day. Technology has made life easier and advanced by leaps and bounds, however, this comes with a few damaging side-effects as well. Our eyes are the most affected due to prolonged exposure to computers, mobile phones, tablets, televisions, smart watches and more. More and more people are using their devices for about 10-12 hours a day, and this bodes ill for long term eye health. The habit of falling asleep to a screen is so widespread among all age groups and can slowly cause damage to eyes. Ayurvedic therapy can help relieve the pressure of eye strain.
There are numerous symptoms which could signify that the eyes are suffering from over-exposure to bright screens and excessive screen time. This includes:
Though the light emitted from screens themselves do not cause eye strain and other symptoms, there are certain patterns into which our eyes fall which are detrimental to vision.
The average human blinks about 12-15 times a minute. Every time the eye blinks, the surface of the eye is coated in a thin film of tears, which keeps the eye hydrated and lubricated during movement. When staring at a screen, the number of blinks per minute goes down to about 6-8 times a minute. This causes dry eye, leading to an itchy scratchy feeling and in some cases, the eye, in an attempt to moisten the eyes, can excessively tear up as well.
Angle of vision
While reading, the average human looks downward at the text. In this angle, the eye is partially closed by the eyelid, cutting down the amount of light the eye is exposed to. However, with laptops and computers the main media used in offices, a more direct head-on angle is used while working. The over-exposure can cause the eyes to tire easily. This might cause more dangerous vision problems over a period of time.
The average distance between the screen and eyes is about 12.5-14 inches. This is much lesser than the distance when reading traditional text, such as a book or newspaper. The close proximity can cause the eyes to almost go cross-eyed while reading which puts immense stress on the eyes. Eventually, this can lead to difficulty in focussing on text or objects which are far away due to eye strain.
All devices emit blue light, which is not very harmful during the day. But, with an increasing number of people staring at their phone screen just before dropping off to sleep, this raises cause for concern. The human body is regulated into a regular sleep cycle by the production of melanin. A reduction in melanin in the body can lead to sleeplessness. Therefore, it is ideal to avoid usage of devices before bedtime in order to get a restful night of deep sleep.
EYESTRAIN AND HEADACHES
The problem of screen time affects not just the eyes, but indirectly causes prolonged headaches as well. The excessive strain on the eyes causes tension headaches due to muscle spasms at the temples. This can disrupt normal sleep cycles, affect mental health and more.
NETRA THARPANAM FOR HEALTHY EYES
Netra tharpanam is an ayurvedic therapy in which medicated oil or ghee is poured over the eyes. The eyes are allowed to rest for about 60 minutes in the ghee. This is used to treat an imbalance in Vata dosha which manifests itself in the eyes. The treatment helps cool the eyes and heals it from the harmful effects of staring at screens. It also lubricates, hydrates and soothes the eyes, alleviating symptoms of dry eye, itchiness and redness. All impurities are flushed out of the eyes and leave them feeling brighter and clearer. Netra tharpanam helps clear the mind and relax the body.
Another treatment which helps with eye-related issues include Shirovasti, which can cool the head and eyes. Takradhara, Shirodhara and Thalapothichil also target the head and promote good vision and healthy eyes. Ayush offers the best ayurvedic treatments to keep your vision 100/100 all while ensuring utmost rest and rejuvenation.