ON TAKING CARE OF OUR EYES
We always look at life according to how we appreciate it through the sense of sight. We get educated through seeing and reading, through viewing and witnessing. We even would ignore feelings as in dispensing that which we have touched or that which came to us through our skin , evade whatever it is that we get a whiff of and disregard whatever it is that we heard. It is always that which we appreciate through seeing that we believe. As the saying goes, “to see is to believe.” Our eyesight therefore is not only a significant part of our life not only because we value the world according to how we see it but we depend largely on how we behave according to the light that we get through the spectacle of our visual acuity. Even if it is illusory or mere illusion.
The significance of sight
We can therefore sacrifice all other senses and proceed with learning instead through our eye sight. But have we provided our eyes the necessary care it is entitled to? Or, we merely overlook because it is not even begging for it.
First, we must treat our eyes in the kindest way possible. How? Every morning, if the sun is peeping from the horizon, say around 6AM (in the Philippines; I don’t know how it is in other countries though), face the morning sun, eyes closed but focused on the budding light. Rotate the head to the right slowly, and then to the left, pausing for a few seconds in the middle. Make a deep breath, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. This should be conducted until one feels the warmth of the sun on one’s face. Then bow and slowly open the eyes. One gets immediately the impression that the colors around are full and bursting with beautiful spectral display. This is one exercise which the eye needs. It is its food and nourishment.
Second, we must eat nutritious food. Well, not necessarily the greens and yellow vegetables like those our elementary teachers would prod us in our science class but it helps. The point is, we must eat and never allow our emotions to get past our appetite. Whether we eat heartily or not does not matter. What is important is that we eat something to stay hunger and it makes our eyes healthy as a result.
Third, practice eye movement. One can do this by reading. It is not only healthy to the nerves but also advantageous to the brain. But read if there is a proper lighting only. Avoid glare because it strains the eye and worst may contribute to the formation of cataracts. Sandy and dusty surroundings are also contributory not only to respiratory ailments but also on the linings of the eye. It is not only in terms of vanity that one uses shades, it is always a must when moving around on daytime.
A special science for the eye
There is a new science where a practitioner merely looks at the eye and he knows already what ails the person. It is called iridology.
Iridology is what many have called the combination of “science and art” of microscopic analysis of the iris and the dynamics of the pupil. Many consider iridology a “fringe” practice, but it has enormous potential when practiced correctly. The iris and inner pupillary border are the visible aspects of the autonomic and central nervous systems that we have.
In Iridology structural markings in the iris and eye colors (pigments) carry both personal and genetic significance. The color of the iris illustrates certain genetic and constitutional traits. Some signs are important for what they look like, some markers are important for where they are – the iris can be a projection of a map of the body and its various systems, as in Reflexology or Auricolotherapy.
One can therefore spot someone with a problem just by looking at the person’s eyes. There is even an adage where one that is in love, and therefore in the right physical condition, exhibits a glow in his eyes. That is very true.
Security management lately has taken an upgrade with the introduction of a close circuit television. It can have a full panoramic view of an angle and could be fitted with an ultra sensitive capacity to see even in darkness. Penal establishments in advanced countries have installed fully its entire camp with CCTV to manage all corners of the penal facility.
As far as identity is concerned, a person may change the form of his face, the nose, the mouth but it could never alter, even in a state of advancing age, his eye. It is the only portion of the body that defies time, its form; its details are as individual as one’s finger print.
No wonder, even the ancients have held sacred the eye—whatever its manifestations were.