Health Care for Eyes 


Once while browsing through the internet, I came across a short and sweet poem, written by an unknown author, describing the beauty of eyes and expressions hidden in them.

The poem was so beautiful that I just made a note of it. Here is the poem.

In Your Eyes

In your eyes I see a thousand setting suns,
Glorious and mighty, more days are done.
In your eyes I see the beauty in a simple flower,
the majesty...the sweetness...the power.
In your eyes I see what could be,
faithfully, lovingly, you and me.
In your eyes my world spins round
your voice...passion the sound.
Mostly in your eyes I see love.

Saying that eyes are the most effective and expressive tools of communication would indeed be no understatement. They mirror a person’s myriad moods and emotions. Eyes have fascinated poets since time immemorial.

We humans are blessed with a highly developed brain which decodes the stimuli from five sense organs and draws an inference about the object beheld. God has blessed us with eyes to enjoy the beauty and variety offered by the world he has created around us. Hence our eyes deserve some amount of special care.

According to the Ayurveda many factors affect the function of eyes, reducing their efficiency and causing discomfort. According to Ayurveda the diseases of eyes are caused by the vitiation of tridoshas. Tridoshas ( –vatha, pitta and kapha) function normally in their respective channels and places, when they are in balanced condition. The main factors, which vitiate these doshas in eyes, are-

· Taking cold bath after a brisk exercise or after roaming in hot climate.
· Straining the eyes for very long hours.
· Keeping awake for very long time, sleeping in afternoon.
· Moving in dust, polluted environment and in smoke.
· Controlling natural urges,
· Head injuries,
· Using the microscope continuously,
· Alcoholism.

All these factors vitiate the doshas of eyes and cause numerous diseases of eye.

Tired eyes

Tired eyes are mostly caused by allergies, fatigue, over strain of eyes, infection and inadequate supply of oxygen to tissues of eyes. The main symptoms of tired eyes are dryness and irritation

Self care for tired eyes

Consult an ophthalmologist if itching, redness or discomfort persists.

Dry eyes

Tears flow down our eyes when we are sad or too happy. But our eyes are always protected by a thin film of tear. This film represents aap dhatu or jaladhatu (water element) according to Ayurveda or jala .The tear film keeps our vision clear and protects our eyes from irritations. Reduction in production of tears causes variation in tear film and dries it. This condition is called as dry eyes.

The causes For Dry eyes

Signs and symptoms of dry eyes

Usually both eyes get affected in this condition. Itching, burning or stinging sensation in eyes as if a foreign substance is inside. You feel it very difficult to wear contact lenses. Eyes get tired easily. Secretion of mucus in the form of threads, around eyes. Eyes get very quickly irritated when exposed to smoke or wind.

If the above mentioned symptoms persist for a prolonged period please consult an ophthalmologist.

Prevention of dry eyes

Home remedies of dry eyes

Dark Circles

Dark Circles are a common beauty complaint. Nine out of 10 people have dark circles under their eyes at one time or another, the skin beneath our eyes is very thin. As we get exposed to sun rays, the skin under the eyes gets damaged and becomes more thin and wrinkled. The veins below this thin skin start looking prominent. Thus the wrinkles and prominent veins form dark circles. Some times pigmentation also causes dark circles.

Causes of dark circles

Over exposure to sun.
Lack of sleep.
Lack of nutrients.
Chronic diseases.

Remedy for dark circles

Conjunctivitis: (Pink Eye)


Conjunctivitis may be caused by viruses, bacteria or allergic substances like pollen or dust. Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria or virus may affect one or both eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes.


The most common symptoms are- Redness, itching, grittily feeling, tearing and discharge from one or both eyes. Blurred vision and sensitivity to light also accompany the above symptoms.


  1. Avoid Using others eye cosmetics and sharing your cosmetics with others.

  2. Do not touch your eyes repeatedly with your hands.

  3. Wash your hands repeatedly and thoroughly.

  4. Change pillow covers frequently.

  5. Do not share your napkins, towels, hand kerchiefs with others and don’t use others’.

  6. Wash the above mentioned items daily in warm water and press them using hot iron.

  7. Take proper care of your contact lenses according to doctor’s instructions.

  8. Avoid rubbing of eyes.  

May 14, 2006  


The above article is educational in nature, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician. Dr. Savitha Suri B.A.M.S is Chief Consultant physician at Chaitanya Integrated Medical Center, Udayagiri, Mysore, Karnataka, India.She is practicing Indian Systems of Medicines since 12 years. By arrangement with

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