Eye tiredness can cause a lot of discomfort both in professional and personal life. Sore, heavy, and weak eyes make it hard to concentrate on work, to look at various screens closely, and to simply enjoy life. What’s even worse is that eye tiredness happens for different reasons, so one might never know what causes it.
One of the most obvious causes of eye tiredness is too much time spent in front of the computer (or tablet or any other electronic device). However, this condition can also be caused by prolonged periods of driving or reading, sleep deprivation, poor lighting, allergies, or by drinking too much the night before.
That’s why if you suffer from eye tiredness often, consider analysing your habits or activities that precede this condition. Once you understand the exact cause of it, it will be easier for you to prevent it from continuing to happen.
Often, treatment methods depend on the cause of eye tiredness. For example, the best way to ease this condition after not getting enough sleep is to blink rapidly for at least half a minute.
However, there are more universal treatments that could be applied, no matter what the cause is.
The first thing to remember is to avoid touching your eyes if they are tired. Touching makes them even more sore and itchy. If you feel too uncomfortable, you can try soaking cotton pads or a tissue in water and putting it on your eyes to reduce the discomfort, even if just a bit.
If you are somewhere where you cannot treat your eyes properly in the moment (in an office, for example), try drinking a lot of water. Sometimes, dehydration is what makes the eyes feel puffy and tired - and water can often ease these symptoms.
And when you have an opportunity to treat your eyes, choose one of the following treatments:
• Cucumbers: Place the slices over the eyes for 10 minutes
• Tea bags: Wet in cool water and place over the eyes for 5 minutes
• Potatoes: Place the slices over the eyes for 10 minutes
• Milk: Wet two cotton balls and place over the eyes for 10-15 minutes
Most of these treatments can reduce swelling quickly and also have an anti-inflammatory effect.
If you know exactly what causes eye tiredness, you can do your best to avoid it. Probably the easiest prevention methods involve getting enough sleep daily and checking the lighting; if the room is lit evenly, your eyes won’t strain too hard.
Another good way to take care of your eyes is to reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposed to. Blue light is that which is emitted by various electronic devices. These days, most gadgets have a night mode feature that you can switch on manually or set to automatic mode. This feature changes the colour scheme, allowing the light to become warmer and therefore, reduces strain on your eyes.
If you work on the computer a lot, make sure to take breaks every hour, doing something that doesn’t require you to look at any screens. If this doesn’t help much, consider purchasing special computer glasses that protect your eyes. Doing “eye gymnastics” helps too.
Sometimes eye tiredness can be caused by your lifestyle. If you suffer from this condition without any obvious reasons, consider adjusting your diet a bit by cutting the amount of salt and alcohol you consume. And if you do decide to drink alcohol, make sure to drink enough water in the process - this will reduce negative side effects.
If you want to maximize the impact of eye gymnastics, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
• The more often you train, the better the results will be. The frequency of training will depend on your lifestyle. For example, if you look at a screen the whole day, try doing eye gymnastics a couple of times each day. This will not only help your eyes rest, but also boosts your energy levels as well as relieves any headaches.
• Always take a short break after each exercise. To do so, close your eyes for thirty seconds or so.
• If your eyes get tired a lot during the workday, consider massaging them. Be gentle here; close your eyes and stroke your eyelids carefully.
• The color scheme of our surroundings actually affects our eyes’ health as well. You could ease the eye tension a bit by simply looking at some green objects for a while. At the same time, you should avoid looking at bright and unnatural colours as they can strain the eyes even more.