March 13th, 2012

De-stress Your Eyes

Our eyes need regular exercise in order to keep them healthy, just like any other muscle in the body. With the increased computer usage, most of us feel that our eyes get strained at the end of the day. This is so, because while working on computer, we tend to blink less, which refreshes our eyes. As a rule, remember to blink every five minutes, and after every 20 minutes look at an object that is 20 feet away for twenty seconds. Your eyes are going to thank you. Besides, the basics learn more from Yoga guru Sunil Singh. Read and practice. 1. Squeeze your eyes shut. Repeat ten times. 2. Relax the eyes. Clap the hands together, then rub them vigorously, creating warmth. Close the eyes and

September 3rd, 2010

Common Eye Infections during Monsoons

Eye infections increase during the wet months of monsoon. As a result you confront colleagues, neighbours, and many more who wear dark shades, as they have contracted the eye infection. The common eye infections in this season are  conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.  Dr. Anita Sethi, Head of Opthalmology at Artemis Health Institute Gurgaon tells more… Conjunctivitis  Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the exposed surface of the eyeball). This eye ailment is quite common during monsoons. Just like viral fever this infection is contagious.This is characterised by an acute onset of a red, watery eye. It may

June 2nd, 2010

Get Rid of Computer Strain

Spending long hours before the computer screen is more of a norm rather an exception. Even when you have left office there is little respite from the computer screen, because there are so many sites to surf, friends to connect, music to download and videos to watch.  All this makes your eyes tired and it begins to complain. They feel heavy, will sting and you might have difficulty in focusing on an object. Headache, pain in the neck and shoulders can accompany these symptoms too. What causes eye strain   Less of Blinking—Blinking is the natural reflex of eyes to keep it moist and wet. When you work on computers you blink less than the normal. The normal blink rate in human eyes is

November 17th, 2009

Freedom from Glasses with LASIK

You often think of the idea of getting rid of your glasses and contact lenses. It’s possible now with the help of LASIK. LASIK is an acronym for ‘Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis’ and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea. More than 17 million people worldwide have had LASIK or other laser refractive surgery. Surgery The surgery usually takes less than 30 minutes. During the procedure, you’ll lie on your back in a reclining chair. After numbing drops are placed in your eye, your doctor uses a special instrument to hold your eyelids open. A suction ring placed on your eye just before cutting the corneal flap may cause a feeling of pressure, and

November 17th, 2009

Take Care of Your Eyes

The season of colours is back again! Children by now must be ready with their colours and “pichkaries”. The colours, which look so good, can be harmful to your eyes. The commonly used synthetic colours are actually chemicals. They contain heavy metals like lead, which is harmful to the eyes and skin. Dr Ajay Sharma, eye expert Eye Q hospitals says; “Post Holi there is rush of patients in hospitals because of skin, eye or general problems. The eyes are the most sensitive part of the body, and any chemical if goes in the eye will cause mild allergy or even severe chemical burn in the eye.” He further added; “The colours used during Holi usually cause mild redness and irritation in

November 16th, 2009

When Vision Clouds-Cataracts

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina. Looking through a cloudy lens is like trying to see through a frosty or fogged-up window. The lens works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye. Clouded vision can make it more difficult to read, drive a car –especially at night or see the expression on a friend’s face. Did you know that ‘cataracts’ was derived from the Latin word ca-ta-rac-ta and the Greek word ka-ta-rak-tes? Both words were used to describe rapidly running water or waterfall. They were then used metaphorically to describe the clouding that develops

November 16th, 2009

Macular Degeneration – A Threat to Your Retirement Plans

“I used to read stories to my grandchildren, now I can’t even see their faces when they read to me” Macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD (for age-related macular degeneration), is a chronic eye disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision in age 60 and older and it is one of the leading causes of legal blindness and vision impairment in senior citizens worldwide. What goes wrong? Given the magnitude of the burden of AMD on individuals and society as a whole, it is perhaps surprising that more is not known of the causes of the disease and how it develops. What is clear, however, is that the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)(last,

October 9th, 2009

Debunk Myths on Eye Care

Eyes are called windows to the soul. Shut them for a minute and try to figure things around you. It’s intimidating! Yet, eyes are the most neglected part of human body. Myth: Wearing eye glasses often worsens your vision over time or the number of glasses gets higher. Fact: Wearing glasses doesn’t deteriorate vision Myth: If I will use eye glasses more, I will become dependent on them. Fact: No, eye glasses are worn to get clear vision. You will only get used to see clear vision. Myth: Eye exercises can’t improve my vision. Fact: Eye exercises improve coordination of the eyes and help in insufficiency. The eye muscles are different and cannot be built like biceps etc. Myth: Kajal

September 16th, 2009

Open your eyes to squint

Next to brain, eyes are the most complex organs we have. Composed of more than two million working parts eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour. When afflicted with squint eyes are unable to process all the information that it sees, because one eye keeps deviating, and brain tends to ignore information from the deviating eye. Facts Doctor Rajeev Mohan of Mohan Eye Institute explains, “ Squint is a deviation of eye from the normal position. Ideally eyes are parallel and they move in parallel direction. With squint both the eyes will not be looking in the same direction.” He adds, “Squint incidences are not uncommon.” It may not be apparent all the time, only when

September 10th, 2009

Macular degeneration

“I used to read stories to my grandchildren, now I can’t even see their faces when they read to me” Macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD (for age-related macular degeneration), is a chronic eye disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision in age 60 and older and it is one of the leading causes of legal blindness and vision impairment in senior citizens worldwide. What goes wrong? Given the magnitude of the burden of AMD on individuals and society as a whole, it is perhaps surprising that more is not known of the causes of the disease and how it develops. What is clear, however, is that the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)(last,

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