Screens and eyes
Screens are now being used more than ever. Meetings, gatherings, and most in person encounters have turned into virtual gatherings meaning more time right in front of our screens. The increased time on our devices will lead to eye strain and have a knock on effect on our Liver, Soul and melatonin levels which will affect sleep. Symptoms include red eyes, burning eyes, dry eyes, blurry vision, high pitched tinnitus, floaters and headaches. Emotional symptoms can be present as well and manifest as irritability, anger and frustration.
Help your eyes:
Take breaks: have a plant on your desk and every 15 minutes or so look at the beautiful greenery of the plant. Absorbing the green hue along with a few relaxing breaths heals the Liver, which is the organ responsible for the eye.
Goji berry: Goji extract is a powerful herb for the eyes. Not only does this herb nourish our Liver which governs our eyes, it contains taurine. Taurine is an amino acid, part of a building block of human proteins found in the brain, spinal cord, heart and muscle cells, skeletal muscle tissue, and retinas. Taurine is also present in leukocytes or white blood cells that reside in the immune system and plays an essential role in protecting cells from damage. Taurine has anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulating properties which can protect the retina. Experiments on animals deprived of taurine found they did not develop proper vision.
Blue light blockers: glasses and screen protectors that block/absorb blue light can help reduce exposure to blue light waves that can keep you awake.
Self-massage: the energy points below are acupressure points in order to promote circulation and bring more Blood and vital energy to the eye area. It also relaxes the muscles around the eyes.
BL1: located just beside the nose bridge, on the inner edge of the eye socket between the eyebrow and the eyes. Using the thumb, lightly press on the point in an upward direction to settle on the inner edge of the eye socket bone. Press for 5 seconds and release. Repeat 3 times.
SJ23: located at the outer tip of the eyebrow. Lightly press in the area to locate a slight dent. Putting a finger on the point, massage in circular motion for 5 rounds. Repeat 3 times.
ST1: just below the centre of the eye on the inner edge of the eye socket bone. Using the middle finger with the index and fourth fingers closely beside it, press these 3 fingers on the inner edge of the eye socket, with the middle finger on ST1 acupoint. Press gently for 5 seconds and release. Repeat 3 times.