There are many causes of tired eyes or tired looking eyes, including computer eye strain, lack of sleep, wearing the wrong contact lenses or not having an up to date glasses prescription, extended periods of intense work / study, or just general eye fatigue.
If you’ve been suffering from the symptoms of tired eyes lately or you’ve been burning the candles at both ends at your computer desk and don’t have time to nap it out, never fear. Here are 9 quick fixes that will have you feeling much better in no time.
1. Splash Your Face with Cold Water
Cold water will help to reduce any inflammation around your eye area and give your face and eyes a refreshing lift of life. Splash cold water repeatedly, keeping eyes closed at all times for a bit of temporary relief.
2. Close Your Eyes
You can simply rest your eyes by closing them. Take a short break from your work, close your eyes and dim the lights in the room. Opening and closing your eyes can help to boost tear production which will help to lubricate and soothe your eyes.
3. Cool Off with Cucumber
Not only does the cooling sensation of cucumber slices help to soothe sore peepers, but this humble salad veggie also has skin-lightening and mild astringent properties so it can help to reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles too.
4. Lubricate with Eye Drops
Keeping a bottle of lubricating eye drops by your desk at all times is important if you suffer from computer related eye strain, tiredness or dry eye. Systane Lubricating Eye Drops are formulated to provide tired eye relief and are the first eye drops clinically proven to reduce both signs and symptoms of dry eye.
5. Try a Palming Exercise
Place both your palms over your eyes in a cupping motion as your eyes are closed to create a sense of relaxation. Not only does the heat of this palming exercise relieve any irritation or pain from the eye socket area, but the darkness will help to temporarily rest your eyes.
6. Chill Out with Chamomile Teabags
Try a calming tea bag mask such as chamomile tea bags. Steep for no more than 1 minute in boiling water and then remove from the water and allow to cool. Never use hot tea bags on your eyes as they can scald the skin on your eye lids. Once cooled, apply the bags to your eyes for 5 minutes.
7. Blink More Often
Blinking can help to lubricate your eyes with tears, helping to reduce inflammation and prevent dryness and irritation. But research shows that those who work with computer screens are less likely to blink at regular intervals. To avoid computer related eye strain, remind yourself to blink regularly to keep your eyes lubricated.
8. Use a Hot Compress
A hot compress can help to really soothe your eyes. If you’re working late into the night to get an assignment / report / presentation finished, make sure you allow yourself a quick 5 minute break so that you can use a heated eye mask, like this Hot Eye Compress by The Body Doctor. You can heat it up quickly in the microwave so it’s very convenient to have around the home or office.
9. Try Some Quick Exercises
There are a number of different eye exercises which can help you re-adjust and relax your eyes when you’re tired. These exercises include scanning objects around the room, exercising your eyeballs with glancing movements (as seen below), or eye rolling. Find out more on this blog post, 5 Quick Exercises for Tired Eyes.