Help Your Eyes on the Computer by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

As we head towards spring, I look forward to moving past the darkness of the pandemic. Like you, I’ve had to adapt in many ways. I’ve found myself spending a lot more time on screens than ever before. Not coincidentally, a growing number of my patients have reported symptoms related to their increased use of screens, too. Not only is the use of modern electronic devices responsible for degenerative ailments of the eyes, but also muscular strain in the neck and shoulder region, disruption of natural sleep cycles, and ultimately the degradation of your immune system’s resiliency.

 

The issue is extensive. And, there is something you can do about it.

 In collaboration with Daniel Orlansky, my dear friend and accomplished yoga teacher for over 30 years, we have created a unique set of simple exercises and easy-to-use practices that can help reverse these deleterious effects on your eyes, as well as your body. Our program has been designed using a combination of Eastern and Western approaches including yoga, meditation, and targeted vision-improvement techniques such as Chinese eye massage, the Bates Method, and other gentle practices to relax the eyes and lessen visual stress.

I know it may seem antithetical to offer a video course for combating computer eyestrain, but once you’ve learned the practices and techniques, you will be able to do these on your own, away from your screens, and incorporate them into other daily health routines. To learn more about the program, please visit our website at https://advancedvisionsupport.com.

 

If you are spending over an hour on computer screens and cell phones, I also recommend wearing glasses that filter out the Blue Light. If you are looking for quality Blue Light filtering glasses, I strongly suggest you check out this company called Pixel.  They have made a difference for my family and me. https://www.pixeleyewear.com/?ref=39Wq5SaHnUVij

 

Lastly, for nutritional and herbal support for eye health and computer eye strain visit my main website http://www.naturaleyecare.com/

Read Marc’s article in The Townsend Newsletter: Cataracts – An Integrative Medical Approach

 

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Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist is author of several books, including Natural Eye Care – Your Guide to Healthy Vision.  Since 1980 Dr. Marc Grossman has helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is best described as a Holistic Eye Doctor, dedicated to helping people with such conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches to tackle difficult eye problems. Dr. Grossman founded the Rye Learning Center in 1980, a multidisciplinary center for learning problems, in 1996 co-founded Integral Health Associates in New Paltz, New York, and in 1999 co-founded Natural Eye Care, Inc. For more information go to www.naturaleyecare.com or call 845-255-8222.


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