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  May 2016
 
  April 2016
 
 
 
 
LAWYERS' FITNESS

Taking care of your eyes the easy way

The world is revealed to us primarily through our eyes, and those searching, truth-seeking eyes that nearly every good lawyer has are hard to forget if you have actually come face to face with a really talented legal professional. Of course, it goes without saying that eyes must be taken good care of, but then it is also equally true that we tend to ignore most of the good advice pertaining to eye care. Lawyers tend to work day and night, reading, writing, re-reading and so on. The strain on the eyes is certainly great, which is why it is crucial for the legal professionals to take all necessary precautions to avoid needless strain on the eyes. It is not all that difficult.

The most common problem noticed is crow's feet and those ugly dark circles under the eyes. And they are easy to remedy. The reason for both dark circles and crow's feet is, to a large extent, lack of enough rest.

Now, this is a tricky area for lawyers because they actually do not get much time to rest and relax. Even when they are not actively working, their mind is constantly at work. One thing or the other keeps cropping up. So, a lawyer would wish to relax a bit, incline himself on the chair and close his eyes and in a moment a dozen things would start flying across his mind. He would then remind himself that he is trying to rest. The next few moments would be spent warding off the meandering stream of thoughts. And then thoughts would start seeping in again, the trickle would begin and then the gush.

Before he knows, the fellow would be thinking about the time that's running out and the loads of work he has to finish. Rest can come later. May be the next day. And within half hour or so of having gone to rest his eyes would pop open and he would be searching for the papers or peering into the computer screen again. Back to work.

Nearly all lawyers would identify with the scene above. So, trying to rest, and not being able to rest is not exactly a very happy situation. However, there is one good thing about the scene above. Although the fellow could not really put his mind to rest, the eyes still managed to find some rest. Therefore, even if you feel you would not be able to rest, just close your eyes and it is good if you could let your mind relax, but even if that doesn't happen, do not open your eyes. Just keep them closed. They are getting considerable rest even if you aren't getting any. Furthermore, simply closing the eyes refreshes your mind even if you keep thinking behind shut eyes.

Another aspect that is often not taken sufficient care of is diet. Fruits and vegetables are good for eyes, particularly yellow fruits and fresh, green vegetables are best because these are very rich in beta carotene.

Fruits like papaya, squash and mangoes are good. Spinach is a great source of beta carotene. Many of us do not particularly like spinach, but for the sake of eyes you must try consuming it.

If you have dark circles under the eyes or have puffy eyes, drinking lots of water could help you a great deal. The skin underneath the eyes is very thin and has veins in a large number. Drinking good deal of water keeps the body sufficiently hydrated and prevents puffiness under the eyes besides helping the dark circles.

If you have excessive dark circles, which keep you worried through out the day with people asking about your wellbeing, you could try using cucumber slices on your eyes to get rid of the dark circles. There are a number of creams in the market that are being touted as a sure cure, but most of the chemical preparation come with the risk of known and unknown side-effects. Therefore, cucumber is your safest remedy. It might not work like magic, but it would surely work without side-effects of any kind.

There are certain exercises for the eyes that are very useful. Exercises not only make eye muscles stronger and more efficient but also improve oxygen supply to the eyes, which, in turn, further helps the overall health of the eyes. These are simple exercises and can be performed while at work every now and then. They do not strain the eyes, unlike normal physical exercises. Just close your eyes and move the eye balls from left to right and right to left 6 to 8 times and then roll the eyeballs around. Relax for a short while and repeat. Another good exercise is to stand at a high point from where you could see ahead without buildings and other things blocking the sight, and trying to see as far as one could.

Another bad habit that some people have is of rubbing the eyes needlessly. Don't do that because that puts needless force on the eyeballs and increases the chances of the dirt particles hurting the insides of your eyes. Just blink the eyes and if they itch, wash your eyes well with splashes of water, and wipe with a clean towel.

Keep clear of dusty environment because dirt has coarse particles that are harmful to the eyes and tends to cause irritation, and may tempt one to rub the eyes, which could only make things worse.

Direct sunlight is also not good for the eyes, as the ultraviolet rays can cause permanent damage to the eyes. It is, therefore, advisable that if you step out in the sun, you have your sunglasses on to avoid the sun glare. However, sunglasses must be chosen with care because a wrong pair of sunglasses could do more harm than good.

Ensure that your sunglasses are capable of warding off the UV rays and the manufacturers have certified that. The ability to block the glare does not necessarily mean that the sunglasses are also capable of protecting your eyes against the UV rays. It is also advisable that one goes for a recognized brand instead of picking just any dark shade glasses. Recognized brands are careful about the quality because they have the brand image to protect. Of course, branded sunglasses would cost you more, but then the protection provided is well worth the extra money you would shell out.

These are some of the easy ways to take care of your eyes. Understandably, lawyers do not get a great deal of time to take care of themselves, but taking just a little more care would do a world of good to the health of your eyes.

HRS

Note: This is not a piece of authoritative medical opinion or advice.

 
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