Article in brief: why you get pink eyes and how to manage it.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a medical condition where the whites of the eyes turn pink. This is usually very irritating and causes a lot of discomfort, as eyes get watery, itchy and very sensitive to light.
Medically, the conjunctiva can get irritated by dust or various allergens causing similar symptoms. However, a pink eye can also be caused by a bacterial or viral infections. This can result in discharge and a lot of discomfort. The good news is: pink eye is very common and easily managed.
In dealing with a pink eye we need to look at the following to achieve a holistic approach to its recovery:
Look at the cause:
- If it is an allergic reaction, avoid dust and irritants. This can also mean contact lenses as they can get infected and aggravate the eyes.
- If it is an infection, then antibiotic drops and ointments might be needed. An important point to note is that when using the drops you must always complete the course even after the symptoms have resolved to avoid a recurrence.
- Always make sure your eyes are protected from direct sunlight and that your body is hydrated and your eyes moist.
Look at what is going on in your life. Your eyes are very sensitive to light, and to energy. Are you over exposing them to the LCD screen? Are you focusing on one topic without looking at the big picture? Are you maintaining a wider view of life and your goals and objectives?
Focusing on one issue usually causes increased levels of stress and can lower your immunity and render you more susceptible to infections. It is always a good idea to look at the horizon every now and then to be able to release the stress on your eyes from having to focus on one point for a long time. So if you have a desk job, or work for long hours in front of a screen, please make it a habit to look away every 30-40 minutes to relax your eye muscles and breathe.
Your eyes are the windows to your soul – not only do we receive information from looking around, but we also connect to each other on a deeper level by maintaining eye contact. Having a clear insight on your life and how you relate to others and how you perceive them and are perceived by them can help create a clearer vision on a spiritual level.
Avoid worrying as it limits your view of the bigger picture and disconnects you from the stream of wellness that is flowing to you with each breath.
Lastly, being in a state of gratitude, and looking around to find objects to appreciate in your life and in others around you, helps achieve a more complete healing and resolution.
Mariam looks at health from a holistic perspective and believes that our bodies respond to our thought patterns and emotional behaviors. She also believes that health is attainable and that a happy life is a healthy one. Mariam created the concept of "ebb and flow" to reflect how we can deal with the various tides of life by flowing in harmony with our inner wellbeing to achieve health. The column will cover common health topics with an approach to conditions in a mind body spirit framework.