Your eyes are among the most important organs in your body. Ayurveda identifies all five elements within your eyes: earth (prithvi) — muscular part of the eye; fire (tejas) — the blood vessels; air (vayu) — the color; water (apu) — the white area; and space (akasha) — the tear ducts and channels. Alochaka Pitta is the subdosha of Pitta which governs outer and inner vision, or intuition.

Alochaka Pitta can become less balanced with age, so it’s important to care for your eyes throughout your life. During the heat of Pitta season — summer — when the sun’s rays are strong, your eyes can become light-sensitive, dry, or red and irritated.

Here are a few ayurvedic recommendations to keep your eyes cool, relaxed, and healthy this summer:

Protect Your Eyes

When you are out in the bright sun, favor the shade, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the skin on your face and shade your eyes, and/or wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

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