How to deal with tired eyes

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Tired eyes are the result of eye strain, lack of sleep, infection, allergies and stress. Working on a computer or paper work for a prolonged time can cause eye strain. A tired eye affects the entire body particularly productivity and the work performance.

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Symptoms of eye strain include tired, itching and burning eyes, but sometimes eye strain is a sign of an underlying condition that requires medical care. If eye strain is accompanied by headaches and with eye problems such as double vision, discomfort, and changes in the vision, it is best to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Causes of tired eyes

  • Tired eyes can be caused by extended periods of driving, writing and reading.
  • Exposure to bright light or struggling to see in dim light can cause tired eyes.
  • Staring for prolonged periods at devices such as computers, cell phones, and playing video games. This type of eye strain is known as computer vision syndrome and affects many office workers.

Symptoms of eye fatigue

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Symptoms of eye strain include tired, itching and burning eyes, but sometimes eye strain is a sign of an underlying condition that requires medical care.
  • There is difficulty in focusing
  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Watery or dry eyes
  • Blurry or double vision and an extreme light sensitivity
  • There is soreness in the neck, back and shoulders

It is important to note that while sleeping, the eyes are supplied with essential nutrients. When the individual is not getting enough sleep, it will result to constant irritation of the eyes.

Treatment and home remedies

  • Stop activities that cause eye strain. Try to look at a far distance instead of an object that is in front and refocus on something every 20 minutes.
  • Blink the eyes then close and allow them rest. By blinking the eyes, it will help relax the tense muscles and moistens the eyes.
  • Avoid being fatigued which promotes eyestrain and get sufficient amount of sleep every night.
  • Always have an adequate light source when working on a computer or reading books since using low light can cause tired eyes.
  • Rub both hands together briskly in order to become warm and then place the base of the palms over each closed eye until the heat subsides. Repeat this procedure many times as desired.
  • Apply a cold compress over the eyes. For puffy and swelling eyes, apply chilled cucumber, cotton ball or chamomile tea bags for 10 minutes in order to calm the pain.
  • Place warm tea bags in both closed eyes until they become cold.
  • Massage the forehead and scalp and then close the eyes and use the fingertip in massaging the areas found around the eyes. This can be done in a dark room.
  • Splash the face 3-5 times with cold water and keep the eyes open while splashing so it will also rinse the eyeballs.
  • The individual should rest in a pitch dark room at least 10-15 minutes.

You can learn more about these treatment options if you will register for first aid training today in your area.

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