Your eye is not just the eyeball. It is beyond that. The eyes consist of the outer part (which is seen) and the inner part (which is not seen). The outer part of the eye which is seen consists of the cornea (the white part), the iris (the large dark circle), and the pupil (the inner smaller circle in the middle of the eye). The eye consists of two types of fluids that help to balance the pressure inside and outside the eye. These fluids are the aqueous humour and the vitreous humour. There is also the blind spot and the yellow spot in the eye.
When light falls on the blind spot, no object is seen at all; no message is being interpreted except darkness, hence it is called the blind spot. The yellow spot, also known as the retina, is the most sensitive part of the eye. It is connected to sensory neurons which transmit messages through the nerve endings to the brain for interpretation of the images seen. The blind spot does not contain any sensory nerve; hence it cannot interpret images from the light rays that fall on it.
The eyeball is contained within the eye socket. The eye socket serves for the purpose of protecting the delicate inner parts of the eyes. However, amazing world records have been established by people who are able to 'pop' their eyes out of the socket. Kim Goodman from the USA can 'pop' her eyeballs out of their socket so that they stick out 11 millimetres (0.4 inches) in front. Amazing!!!
The eye is the most important sense organ in the body. This is because the brain keeps more record of the things seen than of the things heard, smelt, tasted or felt. This explains why after viewing a movie, it is easier to remember and narrate the story because each scene is replayed in your brain as you narrate it. It is not the same when you listen to a movie narrated by someone. Also people remember more the adverts broadcast on television than the ones heard over the radio. Even children learn more from what they see people do than from what they are verbally taught to do. Hence, it is very essential for us to take care of our eyes.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. Matt 6: 22-23
The Scriptures clearly reveals that the eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light and if your eye is not sound, the entire body will be affected. When your eye is sore, it affects everything you do. It causes you to lose concentration. The power of sight should be appreciated by ensuring that your eyes are in good condition, so as to function well for your benefit.
Here are some tips on how to protect and also relax your eyes.
Always check the brightness of the light with which you work. Poor illumination stresses the eyes making it work harder. Also too much illumination strains the retina. Avoid looking directly at sources of intense light, such as the sun, welding flames. This causes damage to the retina.
Maintain the correct distance of about 25-30 centimetres when working, between your eyes and the point of observation. Avoid pointed objects from having close contact with your eyes.
Do not read while in motion. This is rampant among most students especially when they have an examination at hand.
Use sunglasses when driving a vehicle on a sunny day, when beside the sea, and when in an open country side especially if it has been snowing.
Avoid sharing your towels with others. Eye infections can be passed on this way.
When your eyes have been working intensely, it is important to carry out relaxation exercises such as rolling your eyes in each direction and focusing on a distant object as often as you can.
HOW TO RELAX YOUR EYES
After a day's work that involves straining of your eyes, apply a lukewarm compress to the eyelids, or lightly press the heel of your hand over your eyes while closed until the whole eyeball has been warmed. Then completely relax your eye muscles, which will increase the blood flow as well as relax the eyes.
Another way to relax your eyes is by taking a long look at an expansive and natural landscape. Take a walk round your neighbourhood and enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as relax your eye muscles.
Your eyes are so important that you should go for regular eye check-ups with an ophthalmologist, especially during childhood and after the age of forty.
TELEVISION AND YOUR EYESIGHT
Never spend long hours watching television without a break. Often times take a break; walk around to ensure that your eyes feed on other objects. Ensure that there is indirect natural light or a standard lamp with a shade when watching TV. The source of light should not come directly from the ceiling or reflect on the screen.
Ensure you are watching TV at a 45 degrees angle or less. Maintain a minimum distance of between 1 and 1.5 meters from the screen when watching a small screen and 3 meters when watching a large screen.
Above all, use the word of God in claiming divine health concerning your eyes. Don't confess that your sight is failing because of age. When Moses was at a full age of 120, the Scripture recorded that his sight did not grow dim (Deuteronomy 34: 7). The path of a righteous man is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect day (Proverbs 4: 18). If you are having challenges with your eyesight, know that it is the Lord's will to heal you. Stand on his word today and claim your healing. Declare that by the stripes of Jesus for you on the cross you are healed in your eyes.
Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1st Peter 2: 24