Eye strain is a common problem today. Almost every individual suffer from any sort of eye strain either it is mild or severe. Tired eyes, besides causing physical discomfort, are also physically unattractive. Having tired eyes can result from many things.
- Lack of sleep
- Irritation due to contact lenses
- Strain caused by computer glare
- Inadequate lighting
Your tired eyes have a number of physical signs which including redness, puffiness, itchiness, soreness, dark circles, dry or watery eyes and being bloodshot etc. Usually the symptoms do not occur in the morning, but appear when you do something causing the eyes to strain to focus.
1. Cold water
Cold water can be very effective in relieving mild eye strain. It can improve blood circulation, relax tired muscles around your eyes, and reduce eye swelling and puffiness.
- Splash some cold water on your face and closed eyes whenever your eyes feel strained or tired. It will have a quick relaxing impact on your eyes.
- Dip a soft washcloth in cold water and wring out the extra moisture. Place the cold washcloth on your closed eyelids for 1 minute. Repeat as needed.
- Use a cold compress, if you have puffiness along with strained eyes. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth. Place it on your closed eyelids. The puffiness will decrease after 5 to 10 minutes of application.
2. Rose water
Rose water works as a natural relaxer for strained and tired eyes. It has a very soothing effect. It can rejuvenate the skin around the eyes as well as fade dark circles and eye puffiness.
- Splash your eyes with some cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. Dip 2 cotton balls in rose water. Lie down, close your eyes and place the wet cotton balls over your eyes. Do this twice daily.
Sunning is about looking at the sun in the very early morning hours. It is another beneficial technique to relax strained and tired eyes. The vital life energies of the sun are good for your eyes. Sunning also will help your body produce vitamin D, which is important for your overall health. To avoid tanning, do your sunning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Stand in a sunny place in the early morning. Close your eyes and allow the sunlight to fall on your eyelids. Feel the warmth on your eyes and slowly move your eyes up and down, right to left and clockwise and counter-clockwise. Repeat this process for a total of 5 minutes. Do it daily.
4. Warm Compress
A warm compress is another way to reduce eye strain. It will relax the muscles around your eyes, reduce strain and soothe dry eyes. It is also effective for reducing the pain swelling of an eye lump.
- Dip a soft cloth in warm water and wring out the excess moisture. Lie down comfortably, close your eyes and place the warm towel over your eyelids. Relax and breathe slowly for 1 minute. Change the washcloth and repeat the process 3 or 4 times.
Palming is great way to relax strained eyes. It is useful especially while reading or spending too much time in front of your desktop, laptop or television screen. The main goal of palming is to create a restful state for your eyes so they do not become tired.
- Sit up straight in a comfortable position. Rub your hands rapidly and make them warm. Close your eyes and place your warm palms over them, without applying pressure on the eyelids. Relax and enjoy the darkness for about 30 seconds. Slowly open your eyes and look around. Repeat the process 3 to 5 times at a sitting.
6. Eye exercises
Doing regular exercises will reduce the strain on your eyes. It will improve blood circulation in your eyes, make the eye muscles more flexible, gives you a greater concentration and memory power.
- Hold a pen or pencil at an arm’s length and focus on it. Slowly bring the object closer to your eyes, as long as you can focus on it clearly. Then move the object farther from your vision. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
- Roll your eyes in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions for a few seconds. Take a break and blink your eyes. Repeat 4 or 5 times consecutively. Do this exercise every few hours.
7. Eye massage
To reduce eye strain, gently massage your eyelids daily. It will improve blood circulation to the eyes and also relax the muscles around your eyes. At the same time, it will stimulate the tear glands, which will help prevent dry eyes. Use a few drops of olive oil or an eye cream for a massage.
- Use your fingers to gently massage your eyelids and muscles above the eyebrows for about 10 to 20 seconds. Gently massage your lower eyelid against the lower bone for about 10 to 20 seconds. Also, massage the temple and upper cheek bones. Do this 1 or 2 times daily.
8. Cucumber or potato slices
Cucumber or potato slices can also help gets rid of eye strain quickly. Due to its astringent properties, they help soothe the tired muscles around your eyes. It can even help reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles.
- Cut thick slices of cucumber or potato and put them on the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. Take it out and put it your tired eyes for 10-15 minutes.
9. Tea bags
Tea bag is ideal for eye relaxation as it has inflammation-reducing and calming properties. Use caffeinated tea bags of your choice to make a brew that will be one of the best home remedies for your eyes. It can help take away itchiness, reduce dark circles and puffiness, sooth soreness and reduce the bloodshot appearance. For best result, use Chamomile tea bags.
- Add two tea bags into a pot of boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Then chill it out in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Squeeze out the water and place the tea bags over your eyes for about ten minutes.
10. Whole milk
Whole milk is also a popular way to reduce eye strain. The healing properties of whole milk have long been understood as a natural cure to a variety of ailments. The fat in whole milk is very soothing and relaxing for tired eyes. Milk can be effective in reducing eye irritation and puffiness a well.
- Dip a cotton ball in cold milk. Gently rub it around your eyes and over your closed eyelids for a few minutes. Try to relax and soon the cooling effect of the milk will do its trick. Do this once daily or as needed.