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For the last 3-4 days ive stared seeing double.. It seems im getting crosseyed alot. Ive had to do things with one eye closed or a hand over one eye..

My sleep pattern has been really erratic for the last 2-3 weeks which I believe has put some strain on my eyes and head. I drive a taxi on weekends and its become kinda hard to drive. Not that I cant drive its just that I have to put some extra strain on my eyes.

I dont think its got anything to do with my glasses as ive been using them for the last 2-3 years.

Is this something serious or should I expect this to go away?

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replied December 6th, 2005
Why You Don't Try Some Relaxation Ex?
Here what's I find
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eye care

all of us depend on our eyes to perform well for us each day. Almost everything we do involves our ability to see well. Yet it is very easy for us to take our eyes for granted. Our lives are so busy that we may not even realize that we are not seeing as well as we once did.
• general tips on how to protect our eyes
• first aids on eye injuries
1. Foreign objects in the eyes
2. Burns to the eye
3. Smoke in the eyes
4. Wounds to the eyes
• keeping your eyes healthy
• alternatives to improve eye vision

general tips on how to protect our eyes
do s:
• make it a habit to clean your eyes daily.
• in order to avoid eye fatigue, only read under sufficient and uniform illumination.
• rest your eyes for a while if they feel tired.
• keep away from the targets of darts and arrows.
• walk, don't run, when holding sharp object, keep the point turned down.
• watch out for pointy things, such as tree branches.
• wear eye safety equipment when playing eye hazardous sports
• wear safety goggles when engaged in eye hazardous chores.
• wear prescription glasses, if needed, with polycarbonate lenses.
• if your eyes feel uncomfortable, consult an eye doctor.
Don't s:
• do not look at the sun or any strong light source directly.
• do not use other people's towel, handkerchief or cosmetics.
• if any particles get into the eye, do not rub the eye with your hand.Close the eye for a while and let your natural tear wash the particles out.
• avoid throwing pointed or sharp objects, sand or dirt.
• avoid playing with firecrackers.
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first aid on eye injuries
the eye can be injured by direct trauma, broken glasses, fragment of metal, flame, flash of lighting and chemical burns. All injuries to the eye are considered serious as it can lead to infection or blindness. If an eye injury occurs, the following emergency care should be given and seek professional treatment promptly.
1) foreign objects in the eye
i) cause
• loose eyelashes
• insects
• girt or dust
• glass
• metal particles
• cosmetic
ii) symptoms and signs
• watering of the eye
• pain in the eye, particularly when looking at light
• gritty feeling in the eye
• inability to open the eye
• redness of the eye
• may have blood or clear fluid leaking from the eye
• eyeball may change in shape and protrude
• spasm or twitching of the eyelid
iii) management
if a foreign object is embedded in the eye:
• lay the casualty down
• cover both eyes, by using thick pads
• seek medical aid promptly
if the foreign object is small and loose:
• it may be washed out by tears
• if not, ask the casualty to look up. Gently draw the lower lid down and out.
• if the foreign object is visible, remove it, using the corner of a moistened clean cloth
• if the foreign object is not visible, ask the casualty to look down.
• gently grasp the lashes of the upper lid.
• pull the lid down and over the lower lid. This may dislodge the foreign object.
• if not, wash the eye with a gentle stream of clean water or sterile saline.
Iv) points to note:
• the casualty should avoid rubbing the eye
• never try to remove object that is embedded in the eye
• never try to remove object from the coloured part of the eye
• do not persist in examining the eye if the injury is severe
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2) burns to the eye
i) causes
• heat, e.G. Flames or radiant heat
• welding flash or ultraviolet light
• chemicals e.F. Acids, lime, caustic soda
ii) symptoms and signs
• intolerance of light
• severe watering of the eyes
• reddening of the eyeball
• swollen eyelids
iii) management
if there is a chemical or heat burn:
• open the eyelids gently with your fingers
• wash the eye with flowing cold water for 20 minutes
• ensure the underside of the eyelids are also washed properly
• place eye pads or light clean dressings over both eyes
• seek medical aid
if there is a welding flash or ultraviolet light burn:
• place eye pads or light clean dressings over both eyes
• seek medical aid
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3) smoke in the eyes
i) symptoms and signs
• watering
• pain
• reddening
• the casualty may close the eyes closely
ii) management
• ask the casualty not to rub the eyes
• wash the eyes with cold tap water or sterile saline
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4) wounds to the eyes
i) causes
• direct blows
• fast moving objects, e.G. Tennis ball
ii) management
• reassure the casualty
• lay the casualty on the back
• place a light dressing over both eyes
• ask the casualty not to move the eyes
• arrange immediate ambulance transport to medical aid.
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keeping your eyes healthy
there's also the possibility that we may be developing an eye health problem, like glaucoma, with no early noticeable symptoms. Seek medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms:
• blurred vision, even if gradual over time
• sudden loss of double vision
• flashes
• floaters in vision
• sudden marked distortion in vision
• severe redness of the eye
• severe pain in the eye, itching or dryness
• scratchy feeling of eye
• light sensitivity, especially if severe or painful
• halos around lights
• discharge with pain or redness of the eye
• inability to see at night
• protrusion of the eye
• pain or loss of vision
• fluctuating vision
any of there can indicate serious medical condition, because many aliments can be controlled if detected at an early stage. Seek medical advice promptly if there is anything wrong.
To maintain proper health, vitality and functioning of your eyes and ensure a lifetime of reliable use. It is important to have regular eye exams by a qualified eye doctor. Children's eyes should be examined by an eye doctor immediately after birth. Thereafter children should have their eyes checked at around three years of age and every year after till seven.
After the age of forty, an eve exam should be carried out every year or two, and then every year after 65. Keep your eyes healthy and lead a happy life.
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replied December 6th, 2005
Hey Cockeyed Remove Your Glasses & Do This
I have other exercises for you sorry, I dont know how to upload photos for accupressure point

basic eye exercises to help keep the eyes healthy

in order to achieve your goal of improved vision, it is important that you have a good space in which to work. That space should be quiet and private. It should have good lighting. Other steps to success include:

getting ready
the following are essential components to integrate into your vision improvement program.

1. Breathe: as in yoga, the importance of good breathing is essential to getting the most out of your exercises. As you look around your world, become aware of when you are holding your breath. Breathing regularly will bring more oxygen to your eyes and reduce stress on your vision.
2. Blink: remembering to blink will help keep you from staring and working too hard as you do your exercises. It will also soothe, and moisturize the eyes.
3. Smile: adding a smile to your exercises will help reduce any tension you might be holding in your eyes. So smile as you go through life.
4. Have fun: these exercises should be looked at as something you enjoy doing rather than a task you have to do. This is for you, so enjoy yourself!
5. Commit: as with anything you really want in life, it is important to commit yourself towards that goal. If you don’t think that this is the proper time for you to make this promise of improved vision to yourself, then you might have to put this program off until another time.
6. Believe: you must believe so you can conceive. Check in with your belief systems around improving your eyes. It is possible, so make sure you believe it as you begin the program.

The exercises
in general, each of the exercises selected should be done for 1 – 3 minutes. For active computer users, try to take a 2 – 3 minute break for eye exercises every hour that you are on the computer. Pick 2 – 3 exercises and do them regularly.

Exercise #1: breathing
how you breathe is an integral part of your health and your vision improvement. Smooth, even breathing, deep and rhythmic, helps us to center our attention on our inner self. We concentrate on the steady intake and exhalation of breath. Air is taken in all the way down to the bottom of the lungs. As it fills the lungs, they expand and our stomach pushes outward. As we exhale pushing air up slowly from the bottom of the lungs our stomach contracts. Most of us breathe very shallowly. We contract our lungs, pull our stomach in and lift our shoulders when we inhale and push them out while we exhale. This is backwards! Doing this exercise correctly is very soothing. It can be done anytime, anywhere. It is difficult at first; so practice it patiently.

1. Do not wear any glasses or contact lenses if possible.
2. Sit on the floor or on a comfortable chair in a quiet room. Or stand in a balanced position with your knees slightly bent.
3. Close your eyes gently.
4. Notice the rhythm of your breathing.
5. Inhale deeply through the nose. Try to let your shoulders remain down and loose. Lungs are like balloons, so let them expand as they fill, and imagine that they go all the way down to your pelvic seat.
6. Exhale slowly and evenly through the mouth, pushing the air out from the bottom of your lungs. Feel your stomach and chest flatten but do not squeeze the air out. Let your lungs rest at the end of your exhale and simply allow your body to begin its next inhale. Try not to force the inhale, but wait for the natural impulse to breathe.
7. Repeat the inhale and the exhale letting a natural rhythm flow continuously. Do not over breathe.
8. Concentrate all your attention on the intake and exhalation of air. Let thoughts simply evaporate.
9. Let your eyelids hang heavy until they gently close. Your eyes should be unfocused and the eye muscles relaxed. Let your jaw go slack. Your mouth should be slightly opened. Say the word “duuuuuuh” in order to help your jaw drop.
10. Let your body move slightly to prevent muscles from becoming locked.
11. Continue breathing for three minutes.
12. When you open your eyes, don’t look at anything in particular. Just let your eyes open without refocusing so that they can momentarily receive light in the most natural and relaxed way.

Exercise # 2: vision statements
your attitudes and belief systems are extremely important to improving your vision. Anatomy and physiology show that the eyes are tools directly connected to the mind, therefore focusing your mind in the correct way is essential for improving your vision. You should begin your program by declaring your intentions about your vision. The following are some possible statements you could use:

1. “i can improve my vision.”
2. “my eyesight can get better.”
3. “i don’t have to depend on my glasses to survive.”
4. “i am ready to see the world.”
5. “i can see without glasses.”
6. “i am now ready to see better.”

these are just some examples of vision statements. You can create your own or adjust these to your particular vision condition.

Exercise # 3: palming
this exercise is done without any glasses or contact lenses. Palming reduces stress around the eyes by stimulating very powerful acupuncture points, which help to calm the mind, relax the muscles around the eyes and bring healing energy to the eyes (through increased circulation).

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Find a flat table to sit at, lean forward, place your elbows on the table, and close your eyes gently.
3. Now, place the palm of your left hand over your left eye, your fingers on your forehead, and the hollow of your palm directly over the eye, but not touching it. There is still room to blink. The heel of your hand rests on the cheekbones.
4. Do the same with the right hand and right eye. Both eyes should be covered by both hands.
5. Make sure your elbows are low enough so that your face and the weight of your head are resting in your palms so that there is no stress on the neck.

Palming gives you the opportunity to just focus on relaxing your mind and eyes simultaneously. Even though we recommend that you do this for only three minutes, palming can be done as briefly or long as you like throughout the day as a way to relax your eyes and calm down from the tensions of daily life.

Exercise # 4: figure eights
this exercise increases the flexibility of your eye muscles in a relaxed way.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Either stand or sit with your feet shoulder width apart with your hands at your sides. Do not cross your hands. Let your knees bend slightly.
3. Imagine a figure eight approximately ten feet from you lying horizontally (lying in the shape of an infinity sign: ∞)
4. Let your eyes trace along the figure eight without moving your head. First trace in one direction, then in the opposite direction. Always remember to continue to breathe and blink as your eyes move effortlessly along the figure eight. Check for tension in the jaw and let it release.

Exercise # 5: the hot dog
this exercise is done to improve the flexibility of the inside muscles of your eyes (called the ciliary muscles). It is important to keep those muscles flexible.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Either stand or sit with your feet shoulder width apart. If you are standing, make sure your knees are slightly bent.
3. Aim your eyes on any target in the distance.
4. While looking at your distant target, bring your index fingers, tips touching about eight inches in front of your eyes and into your line of sight.
5. Still aiming your eyes at the distant target, calmly notice a miniature hot dog has appeared between the tips of your fingers. Remember to continue to breathe easily and deeply. Do not let the “phantom miniature hot dog” distract you and cause you to aim your eyes directly at it. Rather, continue to aim your eyes toward the distant target.
6. Pull the tips of your fingers apart slightly and observe the hot dog floating in the air.
7. Now keep the hot dog in place for two breaths, then look directly at your fingers and the hot dog will disappear. Do not retrieve the hot dog for two breaths; then look again in the distance and find it once again. Switch back and forth for two minutes.

Exercise # 6: scanning
staring is bad for your eyes because it freezes the energy and muscles, restricting the blood flow. Having your eyes “scan” is the opposite of staring. Scanning objects in your environment keeps you alive and energetic.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. You can stand, sit or move around your environment.
3. As you look at objects, let your eyes glide over them as if you were painting them with your eyes. Continue to breathe deeply and easily.
4. As your eyes shift from object to object, allow them to move easily without staring. Remember to breathe; blinking is also okay. Your eyes should move in a relaxed manner without any tension. Make sure to release any tension in the mouth or the jaw.

Exercise # 7: effortless focus
this exercise is done to increase your awareness of the object you are focusing on and what surrounds it.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Choose a point and focus your attention with great effort on that point. Then relax your focus and look at it effortlessly. Be aware of the difference in how you look with effort and without effort. Notice how your peripheral vision expands when you look with ease.

This way of seeing should permeate your everyday seeing and allow your vision to expand rather than become narrower.

Exercise # 8: near and far focus
this exercise is done to improve the flexibility of the eyes as they change from distance viewing to near visual focus.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Either sit or stand with feet shoulder width apart. If you are standing, bend your knees slightly.
3. Hold your thumb six inches away from your eyes directly in front of your nose.
4. Gaze easily at the thumb and take a deep breath. Then focus on a distant object at least ten feet away and take a deep breath. Change this focus every breath. Feel the muscles in your eyes change as you shift your focus.

Exercise # 9: eye massage
throughout china, eye exercises are done in schools, offices and factories. By taking regular breaks for eye exercises, many people are able to prevent the need for glasses. These massage exercises are primarily concerned with relaxing the eye muscles. You will be using finger massage to stimulate what are known as “acupressure points.”

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Sit quietly and relax, feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.
3. Close the eyes gently.
4. When you press each point, be gentle. Don’t use too much force and avoid putting pressure on the eyeballs.
5. Put your thumbs below your eyebrows and above the inside corners of your eyes, and place the other four fingers of each hand on your forehead. Press your thumbs into the point for four breaths.
6. Use the thumb and index finger of either hand to massage the bridge of your nose. Press the point and then squeeze with an upward motion. Press and squeeze four times for four breaths.
7. Place your middle fingers on your cheek bones, directly below the center of each eye. Massage the center part of your cheek for four breaths.
8. Massage a point starting at your temples right below the eyebrows and level with the outside end of your eyes. Then place your thumbs on the inside end of the eyebrows and massage. Move to the middle of the eyebrow and massage. Then massage the end of the eyebrow. Lastly, massage right below the middle of your eye.

All these exercises can either be done separately, in the order given, or incorporated into your daily life activities.

Exercise # 10: zooming
this exercise is designed to improve the flexibility of your eye muscles.

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Place your thumb out at arm’s distance from you on your midline (in line with your nose).
3. As you breathe in move your thumb slowly towards you and focus your eyes on it.
4. When you get three inches from your face move your arm away and begin again.

Exercise # 11: sunning
this exercise is done without any glasses or contact lenses. The eyes are light-sensing organs, they are designed to receive and interpret light energy. Eyes need good, natural light in order to stay healthy and vibrant. Even though we have heard that with the reduction in the ozone layer we need to protect ourselves from ultra-violet radiation, it is still important to allow the eyes to receive natural sunlight at least 20 minutes per day. (full-spectrum lights can be used if it is not possible to experience natural light.)

1. Remember to breathe. Take two deep breaths.
2. Sit or stand in a place where the sun is shining on you or under a full spectrum light source.
3. Close your eyes gently.
4. Move your head slowly from side to side so that you go from an area of shade into an area of light falling on your closed eyelids. Remember to continue to breathe easily and deeply. Feel the light on your eyelids; visualize accepting the light energy.
5. Alternate between five breaths of sunning and two breaths of palming.

Acupressure exercises for better eye health
acupuncture/acupressure is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of china, japan and other eastern countries. The practice of acupuncture is thought to have begun with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs of the body, and that there exists currents of energy that flow in distinct patterns throughout the body called “meridians.” theory holds (and experience confirms) that when these currents of energy are flowing smoothly, there is health. When any of these currents are blocked, there is pain and disease.

Major acupressure eye points
there are a number of acupuncture/acupressure points around the eyes (basically around the orbits of the eyes which are the bones that surround the eyeballs). The points shown here are some of the major local eye points.

1. Jingming: (bl-1) urinary bladder channel; lies where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose. Bladder 1 and 2 (bl-1 and bl-2) are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis and blurred vision in the elderly.
2. Zanzhu: (bl-2) urinary bladder channel; lies in the depressions at the inner ends of the eyebrows. See bl-1.
3. Yuyao: midpoint of the eyebrow in the hollow; good for eye problems related to worry, excessive study and mental strain.
4. Sizhukong: (tb-23) sanjiao or triple burner channel; in the depression at the outside end of the eyebrow. This is a local point good for eye and facial problems.
5. Tongziliao: (gb-1) gall bladder channel; lies in the cavities on the outside corners of the eye sockets. Good for eye problems including conjunctivitis, red sore eyes, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and blurred vision, as well as lateral headaches.
6. Qiuhou: midway between st-1 and gb-1 along the orbit of the eyes.
7. Chengqi: (st-1) directly blow the pupil on the infraorbital ridge bone. This is a main point for all eye problems.

Self-acupressure instructions
gently massage each acupuncture point around the orbit of the eye, starting with b1-1 and massaging each point as you go up and outward. Each point should be massaged for approximately 5 – 10 seconds. You can massage both eyes at the same time. You can do this massage as often as you like over the course of the day. You may find that each point feels different in terms of sensitivity.

Keep breathing as you massage. Deep breathing helps the cells of your eyes receive the oxygen they need for healing. Practice long, slow abdominal breathing while massaging the acupressure points.

Caution: if you are pregnant, consult a trained acupuncturist before treating yourself. Do not massage on an area if it has a scar, burn or infection.

Self help
since we consider most eye conditions to be a reflection of the health of the whole body, lifestyle choices and diet can play a major factor in achieving and maintaining good vision. Below are some holistic recommendations:

1. In general, a diet high in carotenoids, vitamins, minerals and sulfur-bearing amino acids is recommended.
2. Daily juicing (organic if possible): 1 pint per day minimum. Up to 2 – 8 pints per day for healing. Vegetables used should be mostly greens.
3. Drink lots of water: 8 – 10 glasses of purified water. Avoid carbonated, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your eyes.
4. Manage your stress: meditate, take a walk in nature, practice yoga, use visualization techniques or prayer on a daily basis.
5. Exercise daily: do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. Walking and swimming are two excellent forms of exercise.
6. Eye exercises: can help to bring energy and blood to the eyes, thereby helping to drain away toxins or congestion to the eyes.
7. Avoid foods to which you are allergic: a study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed immediate iop increases of up to 20 millimeters when they were exposed to foods in to which they were allergic.
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replied October 21st, 2009
Thankyou reqb for your helpful responses! I do remember trying some of the exercises you mentioned but they didnt help much. My double vision did go away on its own a couple weeks after i had posted this thread.

Only to return a month ago with quite a mighty bang. And guess what caused it? I've been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, my initial attack being the one back in 2005 rendering me cross-eyed and seeing double albeit only for few weeks.

Now i'm officially a statistic.
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