I am short-sighted. My eyes would be maybe a little better if I wasn’t a bookworm. Ever since I remember whether it was day or night I read books without paying attention to the fact that I can see less and less … I ended up with -3.5 on both eyes and everyday functioning at work and at home thanks to lenses 🙂
Today, I know a little more about my eyes and I definitely try to care for them more. Despite proper nutrition, doing exercises and yoga for the eyes and even walking in ayurvedic glasses I have never managed to undo my defect. However, I managed to relieve photosensitivity and frequent tearing as well as occasional conjunctivitis.
To avoid myopia in case of my children, especially Krzyś, who is predominantly pitta is exposed to it, I use a few „tips”:
1. I care about a diet rich in anthocyanins, i.e. natural dyes commonly found in the plant world. Thanks to them blueberries are blue and cherries are red 🙂 Anthocyanins improve microcirculation in the eyeball thanks to which the capillaries that are in it are better fed and oxygenated. Fruits rich in these compounds are primarily blueberries, chokeberry, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, black elderberries and even red cabbage.
2. What connects carrots, green vegetables, almonds and butter? Yes, vitamin A, which occurs as retinol in animal products and as provitamin A, or beta-carotene, in plant products. Vitamin A is necessary in the process of proper vision, in particular eyes accommodation. While retinol in children in high doses (e.g. from the liver) is not too desirable, the beta-carotene can be eaten at will, because the liver will process it only as much as it is needed.
3. We exercise eyes from time to time. Following the tips from the great book of Meir Schneider „Yoga for your eyes” we do a short 15-minute set of exercises. I try to make us do exercises together – then it is the greatest fun but also mobilization for children 🙂
4. I give children liquorice tea to drink – more about licorice here
5. Sometimes in the evening, especially when it is dark, we play a „ciuciubabka”. But such a special one: we cover our eyes with cotton swabs soaked in warm melted ghee or, in the option for Maja (after all, the princess will not use butter; p) with rose water. We tie a blindfold and in this way I can „smuggle” at least for a moment ghee on the eyelids 🙂
7. Limit to use the TV. This is my bane. Since we bought this box a year ago, my world revolves around organizing time for children. As soon as they get into it, the mumbling begins: „mom… fairy tale please please…” I am an strong opponent of fairy tales that bring nothing to life so they get a „magic school bus” and we give time. We also keep the right distance from the TV – if they could enter the screen with their noses 🙂
8. Fortunately, we have better light bulbs than those 100 Watt from 20 years ago when I was an evening bookworm. We read, draw and write in strong light.
9. Eyes need rest. Sleep is the best medicine – also for the eyes. Every minute of sleep is important, especially if it is a dream between 22 and 6 am. My children are still small enough to sleep during these hours, but if your kids have owls, try to get them on track for when they are young 🙂