You’re working an eight-hour day in front of a computer. You’re constantly looking at your smartphone. You’re behind the wheel for a long commute. Maybe you play video games or read from a tablet to unwind from a busy day. Our modern lifestyle habits add up to the perfect storm for suffering from tired eyes. Luckily, tired and achy eyes are just a temporary problem that can be easily relieved by being aware of how you’re treating them and changing a few bad habits you probably didn’t even know you had. Use the following tips to stay bright-eyed and free of bothersome eye strain.
Main Causes of Tired Eyes
Tired eyes are caused by a combination of activities that make up a large portion of a person’s daily routine. These include, but are not limited to:
- Prolonged computer use
- Exposure to bright light
- Lack of sleep
- Incorrect prescription for glasses or contacts
These causes all have one thing in common – they force the eye muscles to work too hard. As the eye muscles eventually become tired, your normal blinking rate of 12-15 times a minute slows to about four to five times a minute. Since blinking lubricates and refreshes the eye, this reduced blink rate leads to dryness and irritation. Prolonged computer use is a main culprit in reducing blinking rates. Wearing the wrong prescription glasses is also another common risk factor. If you believe this may be the reason for your tired eyes, make an appointment with an eye care professional. You may require reading glasses, which will correct blurry vision for objects in close proximity. This condition, known as presbyopia, is a natural occurrence of aging and gradually starts occurring in the early 40s.
Some of the most notable symptoms of tired eyes include itching, burning, difficulty with focusing, dryness, blurriness, or sensitivity to light. If you experience a persistent headache or double vision with any of these symptoms, see your eye doctor immediately.
Eye Strain from Computer Use
There are many things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing this condition. Depending on the main cause of your symptoms, changing your computer setup can help, or you can try a series of eye exercises to reduce strain.
If you’re a computer user, make sure to take frequent breaks where you look away from the screen and consciously try to blink more often. An anti-glare computer screen will cut down on light that makes your eye muscles work harder. A good rule of thumb is to look at a distant object for two minutes for every 30 minutes of computer use. Use artificial tears or re-wetting drops while working at a computer to make sure your eye lenses are thoroughly lubricated. This step is especially important if you wear contact lenses.
Ensure your computer screen is located 24-26 inches away for optimal eye comfort. Use a document holder placed next to your screen to avoid repeatedly looking up and down. Keep your computer screen clean and free of dust and smudges that can contribute to eye strain.
Another great solution might be to buy a pair of our patented Computer Readers. They are specifically designed to reduce blue light from computers and mobile devices and help minimize eye strain.
Not all of these suggestions for reducing the symptoms of tired eyes will work for everyone. If you continue to suffer from eye strain, especially if it’s accompanied by headaches, make an appointment with your optometrist. A thorough examination will determine if you are wearing the correct prescription lenses or if you need special lenses for reading or computer use. Your doctor may prescribe a special single or bifocal tinted lens designed to reduce glare and help eliminate eye strain.
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