An Eye on Eye Health

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Our eyesight is important to us but we often take it for granted until we have problems. And we are lucky that even when we have eye issues, we can get by just because we have two eyes. Our eyes help us understand the world around us, entertain ourselves or learn more through reading or films. Our sight enhances many other senses. It helps us to estimate distances and steps so that we can walk, climb, run or jump with ease. It helps us to lip read and thus enhances our hearing. Most of us eat with our eyes first. And of course it’s hard to do any work without our sight. Sight is so important.

With the lockdown most of us have been able to continue to work and even have virtual meetings online, thanks to our gadgets and our eyes. We have experienced the importance of both but also the effects of long term looking at the screen – something that’s not so great for our eyes. Many lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition etc can also contribute to visual problems. Eating healthily can not only prevent these lifestyle diseases but also can prevent visual impairment. My own and some of my patients’ eyesight improved just from a healthy dietary changes. SHARAN lifestyle followed over the years also prevents cataracts and can prevent or improve  glaucoma.

Given that our eyes are so important to us, let’s learn to take as much care of our eyes as we possibly can. Good eyesight makes such a huge impact on our happiness and state of mind.

7th April is World Health Day and we have organised a Health Week, starting 1st of April, where we have our expert doctors and nutritionists speak on different health issues. These are all free talks and in case you can’t attend live, recordings will be sent to all who have registered. To know more, click here

‘It was a Divine intervention’

Ahmedabad based graphic designer Palak Jain was suffering from a chronic eye infection and to her surprise her hypertension showed her the way!

I was suffering from an eye infection since 2008 which had become chronic. It would result in redness of the eyes, dark circles, dryness, mucus formation and oozing of acrid substances from the eyes. I would regularly visit the ophthalmologist and was prescribed a lot of ointments, steroids, anti-allergens and pain killers. This went on till 2019.

To add to my suffering I was diagnosed with borderline hypertension which left me feeling very sad and dispirited. That’s when I happened to attend a one-day ‘Reversing Diabetes and Hypertension’ seminar by Dr. Nandita Shah. That was a life changing experience for me. I still remember the day I came back from Mumbai after the seminar. There was no looking back. It felt as if I had finally found a way. It was a divine intervention.

I took the reins of my health in my hands (with constant support and guidance from Team SHARAN). Though there were some obstacles initially, to get organic fruits and vegetables, they were soon resolved. It is rightly said that “Where there is a will, there is a way.’’

My blood pressure normalised, my eye infection vanished, my dental health improved, my skin started to glow. I got rid of dandruff and last but not the least lost 6 kg. And I gained a lot of confidence. I am very thankful to SHARAN and my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Nandita Shah.

Carrot Peanut Raisin Salad 

Carrots as everyone knows are great for the eyes. Include them through this delicious and easy to whip up salad.


  • 500 g unpeeled juicy carrots, grated
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup roasted and coarsely chopped unpeeled peanuts
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp roasted unpolished sesame seeds

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp date paste
  • 1 tsp whole cumin (jeera) seeds, roasted and coarsely crushed
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper (kali mirch) powder


Soak the raisins in just enough water until they become plump.  If in a hurry, soak for a few minutes in just enough warm water. Take carrots, raisins, peanuts, coriander leaves and sesame seeds in a bowl.

For the dressing, mix together lemon juice, garlic, date paste, cumin seeds, salt and black pepper powder in a small bowl and add to the carrot mixture. Toss well. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.


Julienne the carrots (cut into matchsticks like in Chinese cooking), steam lightly and chill them before mixing with the rest of the ingredients.

You could substitute carrots with beetroot.

Serves 6

Food for the mind


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Eyes – the Windows to the World

In earlier times, people needed reading glasses with age. Today it is fairly common to see both children and adults wearing spectacles! Optical shops and week-long appointments at ophthalmologists are a testimony of our poorer eyesights.

According to the World Health Organisation, 39 million people are blind and about 6 times that many have poor vision! Nearly half of all Indians are in need of vision correction! But did you know that 80% of visual problems world-wide are avoidable or even curable?

With the lockdown and screens surrounding us, coupled with poor nutrition, eye-care is something which we cannot afford to allow to take a back-seat.

A check-list to eye-care…

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables, like dark leafy greens, bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, papaya and tomatoes – all best had raw – help support blood vessels in the eye.

2. Vitamin E

Peanuts and nuts like almonds and pistachios are a good source of vitamin E, a nutrient known for protecting eyes from free radical damage.

3. Plant based Proteins

Your eye has a mucus layer which is made from proteins, so include beans, legumes, nuts, sunflower seeds and of course vegetables and fruits too!

4. Correct sitting posture

It is best to sit on a desk and avoid lying down when using a screen. Make sure to maintain a screen distance of at least 40 cm.

5. Look at Green!

Take time to look at nature everyday outside your window or at indoor plants. It does wonders for the eyes.

6. Blink every 30 seconds

Add pop-ups or an alarm every hour on your screen to remind you.

7. The 20-20-20 Rule

When you are working on a computer, every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

8. Exercise ( including eye exercises)

Improves blood circulation, which improves the oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins from the eyes.

9. Avoid smoking

Smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress.

10. Don’t read in a moving car

11. Remove your eye-make up before sleeping as it causes irritation

12. Hydrate yourself

Avoid caffeinated beverages which actually dehydrate your body.

13. Correct spectacle power

When was the last time you checked?

14. Do warm water compress for dry eyes

Doing this for 5 minutes improves the flow of oil glands in your eyes

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Deepa Ballal, a freelance writer based in Dubai.

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