How to brighten tired eyes naturally

Best Ways to Relieve Tired Eyes

Medically Reviewed by Poonam Sachdev on June 24, 2022

Try a washcloth soaked in warm water on your tired, achy eyes. Warm compresses can:

  • Add moisture
  • Ease pain
  • Increase blood flow
  • Relax muscle spasms

Wash your hands before you start so bacteria doesn’t get in your eyes. Dip your washcloth in water that you've boiled (to sterilize it) and cooled until lukewarm. Then put it on your eyes for 5-10 minutes, or as long as your doctor advises.

Different tasks call for different types of light. While you watch TV, it's easier on your eyes to keep the room softly lit. When you read, put the light where it's behind you and pointed toward the page, out of your eyes. On digital screens, adjust the brightness to match the level of light around you. Also, adjust the screen's contrast, so your eyes don't have to strain to see.

With these prescription eyeglasses, your eyes can focus at computer screen distance. That's about 20-26 inches from your face. Some have special lenses to help you quickly shift focus between close, middle, and far distances. Before you go shopping, understand that computer glasses are not the same as those that block blue light. Blue light-blocking specs may make you more comfortable, but they don't always prevent eyestrain.

Eye experts link this technique to an alternative therapy called The Bates Method, named for eye doctor William Bates. He questioned whether glasses were the only way to fix a person's vision. Research shows his method doesn't correct eyesight, but palming could help to ease eyestrain. Cup your palms over your closed eyes, putting no pressure on your eyeballs. The idea is that this can help to relax your eyes.

Small tweaks can make a big difference to your eyes. Make sure your screen is about arm's length (20-26 inches) away from your face. The center of the screen should be slightly below eye level (4-5 inches). It helps to have a chair you can move up and down. Adjust the text size so you don't squint. And try a document holder next to your monitor for printed papers. This limits how much you move your eyes back and forth.

Tea bags are good for more than a hot drink. They also work as a relaxing cold compress for your eyes. After you've brewed chamomile or regular tea, put the bags in a clean container in the fridge. Once they've cooled, put them on your eyelids to help soothe your eyes and reduce swelling. Make sure you've washed your face and hands well and taken out your contacts. And don't get any tea in your eyes.

Your eyes have muscles, and they can benefit from a workout, too. Try this: Hold your finger a few inches from your eyes and focus on it. Then, focus far into the distance, then back on your finger. Repeat a few times. Or, close your eyes, roll them up toward the ceiling, then down toward the floor. Look to the right, then left. These exercises may help ease eye fatigue. But they won't actually make your eye muscles stronger.

Experts say that when you use a digital device, you should take regular screen breaks. They recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. Another tip: for every 2 hours of screen time, rest your eyes for 15 minutes.

When your eyes are dry, they feel more tired. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and your eyes. A humidity level of at least 45% is best. Also, adjust your thermostat or move away from vents so dry air doesn't blow on your face. If you smoke, think hard about quitting.

Over-the-counter or prescription eye drops relieve dry, tired eyes. Use them even when your eyes feel fine to keep them moisturized and stop your symptoms from coming back. Or, if you prefer to make natural tears, remember to blink more often, especially when you're on a digital device. We usually blink 15 times in a minute. But when we're on a computer, that drops to 5-7 times.


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It doesn’t take much. A later than usual night out, a high pollen count, or an episode of “This Is Us” can produce that raccoon eye look or bags under your peepers.

You can certainly embrace the bags And as you follow our guide, you’ll discover some people are just naturally predisposed to this look. Word on the street: A little shadow and swell is the new sexy.

But if you do have a reason to brighten up your skin and reduce puffiness, we have some remedies for you.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on a skin care regimen to erase rings or pouches. You can find remedies in your pantry, refrigerator, and right at your fingertips.

Reach for your tea bag stash

For dark circles, the caffeine in black or green tea may help narrow blood vessels and reduce blue coloring. These caffeinated teas can also banish bloat by drawing out fluid.

But if you’re going for a more soothing effect for irritated skin, opt for rooibos (red tea) or chamomile.


  1. Steep two tea bags in a mug of boiled water for 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, and press out the excess water from the bags.
  3. Let the tea bags cool slowly at room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. Rest the bags over your closed eyes for 15 minutes.
  5. Leave them on no longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Dip into the coffee canister

Your cold brew might give you a refreshing jolt, but a caffeine fix for the skin can also help calm blotchiness or swelling.

Start by freezing some brewed coffee in an ice cube tray. Once the coffee ice is ready, spend a few minutes gently rubbing an ice cube:

  • under your eyes
  • along your brows
  • across the bridge of your nose
  • from the outer corners of your eyes to your temples

You can also try 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. This product earns 4.5 stars from reviewers who say it can help treat crow’s feet and keep eyes moisturized.

Raid your crisper for a cucumber

Cucumbers are high in vitamin C and folic acid, an ingredient combo that helps stimulate cell growth and counter environmental stress. The end result? Less irritation and puffiness, as well as reduced discoloration under your eyes.


  1. Slice two half-inch slices from a cucumber.
  2. Place the slices over your closed eyes for about 15 minutes.
  3. As an alternative, try cold spoons. They can help constrict blood vessels and reduce areas of under-eye darkness.

You can also try Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel. Reviews suggest this gel may be a bit harsh for folks with sensitive skin, but they also note it works more effectively than pricier creams.

Give your eyes a tap massage

By tapping your index and middle fingers in a gentle circle around your sockets and across your brows and cheekbones, you can enhance lymph drainage. This may help even out skin tone and reduce inflammation.


  1. Do this massage with an eye cream for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Embrace the pressure, but don’t rub or push too hard.

Consider eye cream

Do you need to spend a lot of cash on a fancy balm? For dark circles, the short answer is no.

You could, however, try more budget-friendly moisturizing salves with tea, coffee, or cucumber extract — some products might also help minimize the appearance of fine lines and creases.

One option to consider? SheaMoisture Matcha Green Tea & Probiotics Soothing Eye Cream.

Ingredients for your eyes

Be sure to read labels carefully before picking up pricey jars. We asked Dr. Rebecca Marcus, a board certified dermatologist in North Dallas, TX, about her favorite ingredients for eyes.

She recommends keeping an “eye” out for the following:

  • Caffeine. The benefits of caffeine are worth repeating. Caffeine, as Marcus explains, works in eye creams to combat dark circles and puffiness by temporarily reducing blood flow to the area.
  • Retinol and peptides. You might already have some familiarity with these skin care ingredients. Marcus says they help stimulate collagen and thicken the skin, making underlying blood vessels less noticeable and restoring skin firmness.
  • Niacinamide. A little of this skin-brightening ingredient can go a long way toward waking up tired eyes. This ingredient, a form of vitamin B-3, offers plenty of other benefits, too.
  • Hyaluronic acid. Marcus notes that this moisturizing ingredient can hydrate the skin and offer pro-aging support by smoothing the look of fine lines and crepey skin.
  • Vitamin K. Marcus says this antioxidant has anti-inflammatory properties and may help improve circulation.

As for products, Marcus recommends:

  • ISDIN Isdinceutics K-Ox Eyes Cream, which contains vitamin K for addressing puffiness and dark circles
  • Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment, which contains green tea, oak leaf, and niacinamide to help reduce dark circles, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lessen puffiness, and support new collagen production

Explore more eye creams at varying price points here.

Apply under-eye patches for a boost

Under-eye patches are a newer trend for pampering the skin around your eyes. Yes, they’re cute and Instagram-friendly, but many people also find them effective, too.

Just know they offer more of a quick fix — a helping hand after a spirited night out, if you will.

Not sure how to pick your patch? Opt for eye-friendly ingredients, like retinol and hyaluronic acid. You can also check out our list of the best options to send your bags packing.

Grab the color-correcting concealer

Marcus explains that concealers only help camouflage dark circles. In other words, they won’t help reduce puffiness.

That’s why she recommends using an eye cream with a concealer: Apply an eye cream to help treat the cause and the symptoms, then use concealer to address any lingering darkness.

“Concealer will apply more smoothly onto hydrated skin,” she notes. “So, applying a hydrating eye cream helps prime the skin for concealer application.

When you’re in a pinch, concealer alone can still make a difference. So, when that important meeting or event sneaks up on you, reach for a little color-correcting concealer.


  • orange if you have a darker skin tone
  • pink if you have a lighter skin tone
  • yellow if your circles tend to look extra purple

The biggest answer to this, especially for those of you who have tried every trick in the book, is genetics.

If you’ve always had sunken eyes or dark circles, also called periorbital hyperpigmentation, the condition could be a part of your genetics. Likewise, permanent under-eye pouches may be a facial feature you’ve inherited.

Here’s why these attributes get accentuated.

Under-eye bags

Puffy lower lids or bags happen when the tissue there fills with water. As you age, the fatty tissue held within the socket and upper lid can fall, causing even more fluid retention in that area.

Puffiness is often most prominent when taking the morning’s first look in the mirror. That’s because fluid had a chance to pool during sleep. Bags tend to diminish after you’ve been vertical for a bit.

Dark circles

Although dark circles can show up for many reasons, most people tend to have a slightly deeper coloring around the eyes, simply because the thinner skin there stretches over a conglomeration of purple vessels and muscle.

Other potential explanations for dark or puffy eyes

  • allergies
  • crying
  • eye strain
  • fluid retention
  • hormonal changes
  • lack of sleep
  • sleeping position
  • medications
  • smoking
  • skin irritation
  • sun exposure
  • pigmentation variation

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By isolating the cause, you can take measures to reduce the prominence of purpling and pooching.

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Ramp up your snooze time

Cut that late-night Netflix binge short, or do whatever possible to get a few more Zzz’s. If you still notice the a. m. eye bloat or blue coloring, prop your head slightly while you sleep.

As Marcus explains, sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help prevent fluid from pooling in the periorbital area.

Remove any makeup before hitting the hay to avoid smudging it into your eyes and irritating the surrounding skin.

Apply a cold washcloth

Marcus suggests applying a cold washcloth to your eyes to help lessen the “I just woke up” look.

She says this helps by causing vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels), which helps relieve puffiness and skin discoloration. Plus, it can have an overall soothing effect, and you don’t have to dig through your fridge for fresh cucumbers.

Pro tip: An ice pack works well, too, if you don’t want a water mess on your face. Just be sure to wrap it in a soft cloth to protect your eyes.

Try eye exercises

Eye strain can contribute to tired eyes, according to Marcus, by lowering the production of naturally lubricating tears and contributing to dry eyes.

“Taking periodic breaks from screen time and doing eye exercises may help reduce eye strain and therefore help eyes to function normally by producing lubricating tears, reducing dryness, redness, and bloodshot eyes,” she says.

Eye exercise can be pretty simple. In fact, one exercise involves just switching up your focus as you sit. Learn a few of these simple moves here.

Face yoga (yes, it’s a thing) can also help reduce eye strain.

Adjust lights and device screens

Taking breaks from screen time to avoid eye strain can also be helpful, according to Marcus.

She adds that keeping your phone or tablet on night mode decreases exposure to blue light, which can help improve the quality of your sleep.

Wear blue light glasses

If night mode doesn’t do much to keep your tablet or device from shining bright like a diamond, blue light glasses may ease the strain.

Not sure which to try? Check out our guide of the 11 best options.

Take screen breaks

Excessive time staring at screens may cause eye strain, according to Marcus. This happens, in part, due to engorgement of the blood vessels surrounding your eyes, which can lead to, as you might have guessed, dark circles.

Make time for little breaks to give your eyes a much-needed vacay:

  • Try the 20/20/20 rule. Turn your eyes away from your screen every 20 minutes. Spend 20 seconds focusing on something at least 20 feet away.
  • Get up and move. After every hour of screen time, stand up, stretch, and walk around for at least 5 minutes.

Get nosy about allergies or illness

Allergy symptoms, along with illnesses like the flu and common cold, can pack a punch. Itchy lids, sneezing, sinus congestion, or postnasal drip can all lead to a tint around the eyes.

Marcus says those who live with allergies may notice the area under their eyes often appears swollen and discolored.

She explains that this happens when allergens prompt your cells to trigger a histamine release. This, in turn, causes a release of fluid, giving that swelling and tearing effect you know and love so much.

An allergist or otolaryngologist (ENT) can offer more insight into possible triggers and recommend treatments to keep sniffles and scratchy eyes under control, including:

  • nasal sprays
  • antihistamines
  • preventive regimens
  • neti pot rinses

Plus, when you’re plain old sick, eyes can also look puffy, due to sinus congestion and decreased drainage of the fluid around the eyes.

Keep in mind that makeup and skin care products could also trigger allergy flare-ups or eyelid dermatitis. It’s always best to check the ingredients and do a patch test before using a new product.

Improve air quality

Marcus says improving air quality may lower the number of allergens or irritants that eyes come into contact with, helping eyes look less tired.

“If tired eyes are due to an irritant or allergen that was previously in the air, using a high quality air filter may be helpful,” Marcus says.

This may prove particularly helpful if you’re sensitive to these factors and happen to live in an area with a high level of pollution or airborne allergens.

Make lifestyle adjustments when possible

If you notice an uptick in that Hamburglar or puff-pastry look, maybe you’ve just faced a stressful week or a jam-packed weekend that impeded your sleep or nutrition.

Other reasons you might wake up with less than perky peepers? Loading up on salty snacks, downing too much coffee, or clinking a late-night cocktail.

Making a few changes might help rid you of the rings and bags:

  • Try cutting back on caffeine, alcohol, and salt.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to improve eye appearance by flushing your skin.
  • When you’re outside, wear shades and use sunscreen to help prevent hyperpigmentation.
  • If you smoke, take steps to boot the habit.

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A quick recap of helpful tips and tricks for tired eyes:

  • Elevate your head slightly while snoozing.
  • Remove makeup before bed.
  • Skip irritating ingredients in makeup and skin care products.
  • Avoid eye strain.

If you have permanent dark sockets or puffy bags under your eyes that you can’t relieve with lifestyle changes or fast fixes, medical solutions might offer an alternate option.

Procedures for dark circles include:

  • Botox
  • fillers
  • chemical peels
  • blepharoplasty

If circles or bags bother you to the point that you can’t stop thinking about them or they contribute to feelings of depression or anxiety, it could be worth asking a dermatologist about other treatment options.

Just know these procedures can get fairly expensive, and they also come with some potential side effects.

One important thing to keep in mind about eye bags and rings? More than likely, you notice them more than anyone else.

Many people tend to look at themselves closely in the mirror in the morning — when they wash their face, shave, or apply products, for example. And morning just happens to be the time when circles and puff show up most clearly.

But classmates, coworkers, and the person in line next to you at the coffee shop probably won’t even notice.

They might, however, perceive a certain mysteriousness or depth they can’t quite put their finger on. Some people find that shadowed, “just woke up” look pretty alluring — so alluring, in fact, that they might go to great lengths to make dark circles stand out or mimic them with makeup.

Plus, a dark circle or an under-eye bag can amp up your authenticity, just like an eye crinkle or wrinkle. They’re natural, after all.

Adding some glimmer can help you display them with pride:

  • Opt for a face gloss on your upper lids.
  • Try sweeping highlighter from your cheekbones to the outer corners of your sockets in a “C” shape.
  • Use a shimmering face oil in the same way.
  • Glam things up with a line of your go-to eye shadow on your lower lid.

Ultimately, don’t be afraid to skip the concealer and rock your under-eyes.

Jennifer Chesak is a Nashville-based freelance book editor and writing instructor. She’s also an adventure travel, fitness, and health writer for several national publications. She earned her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill and is working on her first fiction novel, set in her native state of North Dakota.

How to remove dark circles under the eyes? [TOP 6 methods]

Causes of circles under the eyes

It is generally accepted that bruising under the eyes is a problem for people with disturbed sleep patterns and a busy work schedule. Most often, the problem is temporary and after a good rest, the darkening disappears.

But chronic fatigue and stress are not the only cause of dark eyelid skin. Sometimes proper sleep and rest is not enough to solve the problem. To decide how to remove dark circles under the eyes, find out the possible causes of their occurrence.

With age, microcirculation in general and in the area around the eyes in particular slows down. This leads to stagnation of fluid, stretching of the skin of the lower eyelid, flabbiness, swelling and wrinkles. Plus, the swelling of the so-called “hernial sac” increases - a special fatty tissue in the area under the eyes.

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TOP 6 causes of circles under the eyes:

  1. Age-related changes . The skin of the eyelids is the thinnest, most vulnerable and dry - under the influence of external and internal factors, with age, its condition begins to noticeably deteriorate: the density, elasticity, elasticity of tissues decreases, dark circles and swelling under the eyes appear more often. This is due to the fact that already from the age of 30 in the human body the synthesis of natural collagen is reduced, subcutaneous fatty tissue becomes thinner.
  2. Overwork . Due to constant stress, overwork or insomnia, the body reacts by disrupting the functioning of blood vessels, obstructing the outflow of lymph and the appearance of dark bags under the eyes.
  3. Heredity . A common cause of chronic dark circles under the eyes is genetic inheritance. Thin transparent skin, predisposition to rosacea, allergic reactions - such signs of sensitive skin are often inherited.
  4. Health problems . Violations of the nervous and endocrine systems, problems with the liver, kidneys, heart, blood circulation - all this can also cause the appearance of bags.
  5. Wrong way of life . Disturbed drinking regimen, unbalanced diet, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, lack of oxygen, inadequate sleep and lack of a rest schedule - all this is the cause of lymph stagnation, impaired blood circulation and microcirculation, decreased skin tone and the appearance of a dull complexion.
  6. Hormonal changes . For example, during pregnancy, melanin production often increases, and brown circles appear.

What the color of circles under the eyes says

The shade that the skin of the eyelids acquires can also indicate the cause of darkening.

Blue, black and purple circles under the eyes

With age or chronic fatigue, blood vessels become more fragile, hemoglobin breakdown products seep through the walls of the vessels and give the tissues a dark shade.

  • Dark circles under the eyes (blue or black) can be removed with products based on vitamin C and caffeine. For example, anti-aging care with pure vitamin C REDERMIC C YEUX.

Yellow or brown circles around the eyes

Hormonal changes (increased synthesis of melanin in pregnant women), excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation on the skin can cause yellowish circles.

  • Vitamin C, retinoids, eperulin and procysteine ​​will help brighten them.

Red circles

Most often they indicate allergic reactions that cause the release of histamine into the blood or increased eye pressure due to prolonged use of a computer or driving.

  • For the prevention of red circles, choose products based on vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid) and emollient soothing ingredients: eperulin, allantoin and panthenol.

How to remove circles under the eyes at home?

If circles under the eyes are not the cause of serious diseases, then following general recommendations and competent care aimed at lymphatic drainage, improving microcirculation and blood circulation will help prevent their occurrence.

If dark circles under the eyes are caused by a hereditary factor, then it will not be possible to completely remove the problem - regular darkening will cause the peculiarities of the skin type and its reaction to external or internal factors of influence. However, following the recommendations, the blueness and swelling of the skin under the eyes will decrease, and the tone and elasticity will increase. Competent supportive care for the eyelid area will help prolong the beauty and youthfulness of the skin and keep it fresh for a long time.

Important(!): an integrated approach will help to get rid of dark circles and bags under the eyes: adherence to the features of anti-aging skin care for the eyelids and a healthy lifestyle.

General advice

  • Have a healthy sleep routine : ventilate the bedroom before going to bed and try to keep the temperature in the room no more than 18-20 ° C at night, put everything aside 1-1. 5 hours before bedtime gadgets and distractions, the deep sleep phase should ideally last from 22:00 pm to 4:00 am - the period of maximum production of melatonin by the body.
  • Protect your eyelids from the damaging effects of UV rays that cause brown circles under the eyes. The thin, vulnerable skin of the eyelids is the most sensitive to solar radiation and quickly reacts with pigmentation and other signs of photoaging.
  • Do not drink a lot of coffee or tea before bed - these products retain fluid in the tissues and can cause puffiness and dark bags. For the same reason, avoid snacking on salty foods just before bed.

Important(!): good sleep promotes sufficient tissue oxygenation, helping cells to breathe and speeding up their metabolism. As a result of oxygen enrichment, dark blood brightens, ceases to appear through the thin skin of the eyelids and visually stain it.


To get rid of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, products will help, the formulas of which are aimed at combating tissue swelling.

These products contain the following ingredients:

  • High and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid deeply and permanently moisturizes and prevents cell dehydration.
  • Peptides promote the removal of hemoglobin decay products in tissues, help remove dark circles under the eyes, tone the skin of the eyelids, improve its turgor.
  • Caffeine improves blood flow, accelerates lymph, has anti-edematous effect.
  • Collagen, elastin and proxylan increase skin firmness and elasticity.
  • Antioxidants fights free radicals and helps prevent oxidative stress and premature aging.
  • Vitamin C regulates the production of melanin and stimulates collagen synthesis, strengthens the walls of blood vessels and improves skin immunity.
  • Vitamin A brightens yellow and brown pigmentation, stimulates the synthesis of natural collagen and elastin.
  • Vitamin E strengthens cell membranes and protective functions of the skin, helps prevent inflammation.
  • Algae or chestnut extract has a draining effect.
  • SPF to protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation.
  • Cooling agents (menthol, mint and their derivatives).

Important(!): use the eyelid product no later than 1.5-2 hours before bedtime. Do not apply it too close to the mucous membrane of the eye - this can cause irritation and morning puffiness.


Another effective way to get rid of circles and bags under the eyes is lymphatic drainage massage. You can make such a massage with your own hands at home. Also, many manufacturers produce products for the eye area with a built-in massage tip to regularly massage the area of ​​​​the eyelids in the process of daily care.

Express methods for quick results

If you need to get rid of circles under the eyes quickly, then you can resort to effective express methods. Try the following three methods if there is no time, and the result is needed now.

How to get rid of dark circles under the eyes in 30 minutes:

  1. Express eye mask. It is recommended to apply the mask on the eyelid area for 15-30 minutes, spread the rest over the skin with light patting movements.
  2. Ice is another way to get rid of puffiness under the eyes at home. Apply ice cubes of herbal infusion (chamomile, mint, rose, coltsfoot) to the eyelids for 3-5 minutes. Cold compresses on the eyes will be no less effective: moisten a cotton pad with thermal water or in a chilled herbal infusion, wring it out slightly and put it over closed eyelids for 10-15 minutes (wet the pads again if necessary).
  3. Drink a glass of water - this normalizes the hydrobalance of body cells and prevents tissue dehydration, the first stage of which is bags under the eyes, the second - dark blue circles.
  4. For a more tangible result, we still recommend using specialized cosmetics for the area around the eyes. For example, INTENSE YEUX cream-gel and REDERMIC R YEUX concentrated anti-aging cream effectively eliminate bags under the eyes.

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Eye health is directly related to whether you can control the load on your eyesight and provide your eyes with sufficient rest. Experts from the Lucky Look federal network of opticians tell you how to relieve eye fatigue and reduce eye strain if you work at a computer.

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How to understand that the eyes need rest

Any visual discomfort indicates that it is time to take a break from work and give the eyes a chance to rest. Experts identify the main symptoms that indicate an overstrain of the visual system:

  • Veil, mist before the eyes;
  • Image doubles and blurs;
  • Eyes inflamed, reddened;
  • Increased tearing and sensitivity to bright light;
  • Possible painful sensations in the eyes - pain, burning, itching;
  • Having trouble focusing at close range;
  • Eyelid twitching possible.

Be careful, these symptoms can also signal the presence of serious visual impairment! To rule out negative scenarios, you need visit an ophthalmologist.

Increased visual fatigue can indicate serious disorders, so do not put off a visit to the ophthalmologist

Causes of increased visual fatigue

Why does vision deteriorate? The main causes of this phenomenon are distinguished:

High eye strain. This is often faced by schoolchildren and students who are forced to read and write a lot, as well as office workers whose activities involve continuous sitting at a computer or reading documents.

Also, if you are fond of computer games, like to watch a TV series on your mobile gadgets - smartphones or tablets - or spend all your free time with a book, your eyes are also subjected to a high load.

To minimize problems with this lifestyle, you need to take breaks as often as possible and give your eyes regular rest.

Computer vision syndrome. This is a whole complex of symptoms, which is caused by overexertion of the visual system due to prolonged use of the computer. The reason for the development of the symptom is not so much the need to look at the monitor for a long time, but the functional change in your posture, eyes, neck. For example, the constant sliding of the gaze from the keyboard to the monitor and back leads to accommodative asthenopia, which is manifested by discomfort, eye fatigue, pain, pain in the superciliary region, blurred vision of the object of fixation.

Subsequently, this can cause problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), accommodation spasm (inability to focus on small objects and details) and dry eye syndrome.

Properly organized workplace and touch typing skills will help to minimize the harm from constant work at the computer.

Dry eye syndrome. Often appears on the basis of computer vision syndrome, develops due to insufficient moistening of vision: with concentrated work at a computer, a person blinks less often, as a result of which the tear film dries up. Plus - the air near the computer heats up and also becomes dry.

Organize your workplace and use special glasses for working at the computer

In the summer season, when air conditioners are in operation, the pathological effect of dry air on the eyes only intensifies. And if you use contact lenses, the syndrome develops even faster.

To reduce the negative impact of external factors and provide more comfortable conditions for the eyes, place a humidifier near your workplace. Also buy moisturizing drops (choose them with the help of an ophthalmologist) and use them several times a day. Try to blink as often as possible.

How to quickly relieve eye fatigue

During a break, do some light eye exercises:

  1. Look into the distance for 20 seconds, focus on an object that is located about 20 steps away from you;
  2. Close your eyes and make four rotations with your eyeballs - first clockwise, then against it;
  3. Without opening the eyelids, move the eyes up and down;
  4. End the exercise by blinking rapidly for 30 seconds. The gaze is directed forward.

To maintain the effect, apply moisturizing drops selected by an ophthalmologist to your eyes. Do not self-medicate, be sure to seek help from a specialist - moisturizing drops come in different viscosities, they can have a healing effect, or they can simply moisten the surface of the eye. Only an ophthalmologist will determine what exactly your vision needs and select the necessary remedy.

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By the way, gymnastics also requires prior consultation with a doctor. Make sure you have no contraindications. Also, the ophthalmologist can advise other types of gymnastics.

How to reduce eye strain and prevent fatigue

There are several rules that must be followed in everyday life. Thanks to this, you can significantly reduce the load on your eyesight, and your eyes will get tired much less.

If you work at a computer, the first thing you need to do is organize your workplace properly.

  1. It is important that the workplace is well and evenly lit. Do not allow the sun's rays to shine directly into your eyes or on the monitor screen, it is better if you sit sideways to the window. Also, there should be blinds on the window so that on sunny days you can control the intensity of lighting - if the light is too bright, your eyes get tired faster.
  2. Better if you work with a high-quality LCD or plasma monitor, preferably with a large diagonal. Experts recommend choosing monitors with a flicker frequency of 60 to 100 Hz. Be sure to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image for yourself. Remember that an excessively bright screen tires your eyes.
  3. Adjust the monitor to your posture: the center of the monitor should be 10-20 cm below your eyes. The distance to the screen from the eyes should be at least 60 cm.
  4. If possible, reduce computer use to 4 hours a day;
  5. Take breaks every 20 minutes during work. At this time, you can not switch to mobile gadgets, as there will be no sense in pauses in this case. It is better to perform light eye exercises, which we talked about above. But before doing gymnastics, you need to consult with a specialist and make sure that you have no contraindications to this;
  6. Provide air humidification - buy a special device and install it near your workplace;
  7. Regularly use moisturizing drops selected under the supervision of an ophthalmologist;
  8. Try to blink more often;
  9. Use special goggles for working at a computer, they block the blue spectrum of radiation emitted by the monitor and reduce eye strain.

Prevention of visual fatigue

The health of your eyes depends on your daily habits. Hygiene of vision allows you to maintain good health and reduces eye fatigue, even under conditions of increased stress.

  1. Sleep 7-8 hours - a good and full sleep, which should last at least 7 hours, is very important for eye health. It is important that the room in which you sleep is darkened;
  2. Stop using gadgets 2 hours before bedtime. Firstly, this way you will fall asleep easier and your sleep will be stronger. Secondly, at this time, the eyes will be able to rest from the irritating light. It is better to read an ordinary paper book or an electronic one, but working on the principle of E-Ink (which means "electronic ink"). No mobile phones, computers or tablets. It is also better to refrain from TV;
  3. Observe reading hygiene: do not read while lying down or in a moving vehicle, while reading, hold the book at a distance of 30 cm from the eyes. The light source should be behind and slightly above;
  4. Include in your diet foods that are good for vision - blueberries, carrots, melons, fish, etc. One "healthy" menu will not solve the problem, but in combination with other good habits, proper nutrition will have a positive effect on vision and well-being generally;
  5. Make it a habit to visit an ophthalmologist once a year, even if nothing bothers you. Only timely detection of possible violations will prevent their development. Remember that on your own you cannot always correctly assess your condition;
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  7. If you need vision correction, it is better to use glasses instead of contact lenses at the computer. Firstly, it will reduce the dryness of the cornea. Secondly, there are special coatings for spectacle lenses that can reduce eye strain and protect them from the blue spectrum of radiation;
  8. Wash thoroughly before going to bed. Women need to completely remove makeup. Men should also pay enough attention to washing, because during the day dust and dirt particles settle on the eyelashes, which can get into the eyes;
  9. It is better not to use an eye mask while sleeping. If you cannot fall asleep without it, choose a product that does not put pressure on your eyes and does not squeeze your temples, otherwise the blood circulation of the organs of vision may be impaired. Remember that the mask should be washed regularly.


Simple exercises that should be done regularly throughout the day will help to quickly relieve fatigue from the eyes. But this is not enough! To make your eyes less strained and tired, it is important to provide the right conditions:

  1. Organize your workplace according to all the rules;
  2. Install a humidifier near the workplace;
  3. Use moisturizing drops throughout the day;
  4. During work break every 20-40 minutes to do gymnastics;
  5. Turn down the brightness of the monitor and screens of mobile gadgets;
  6. Do not read in a moving vehicle;
  7. Choose from paper books or e-books powered by E-Ink technology;
  8. If possible, reduce your computer time to 4 hours a day;
  9. Do not use mobile gadgets and a computer 2 hours before bedtime;
  10. See an ophthalmologist at least once a year.

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