How to cure tired eyes

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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Eye Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Written by Rick Ansorge

What Is Eye Strain?

Your eyes are burning, itchy, and tired. It’s a common condition but rarely serious. You can take simple steps to prevent or ease this problem.

If those tactics don’t work, see your doctor. What you’re feeling could be a sign of a deeper condition that requires treatment. This is especially important if you have headaches or other problems like:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Double vision
  • A big change in vision

What Causes It?

Anything that requires intense eye use can cause fatigue. Some of the most common are:

  • Reading (especially on a screened device)
  • Writing
  • Driving

If you look at bright light or spend time in a place that’s too dim, it can also tire your peepers.

Your eyes might get tired easily if you stare for long periods at a computer, smartphone, or game console. The eye doctor might call this computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. It affects most people who use one. Some estimates say computer-related eye symptoms may be responsible for up to 10 million eye doctor visits a year. The problem is expected to grow as more people use smartphones and other handheld digital devices, which force your eyes to work harder than usual as they strain to focus on tiny words.

Digital devices may also be linked to eye fatigue because you tend to blink less often when looking at a computer screen. People usually blink about 18 times a minute. This naturally refreshes the eyes. But studies suggest that people only blink about half as often while looking at a computer or other digital device. This can result in dry, tired, itchy, and burning eyes.

Eye Strain Symptoms

Be on the lookout for:

  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back

These symptoms can lower your productivity. If you stay awake for long hours working, you can make the problem worse. Sleep refreshes your eye with essential nutrients. Lack of sleep may lead to repeated eye irritation.

How Can You Prevent Eye Strain?

Make some simple changes to these things.

Your computer screen:

  • Place it 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Regularly clean dust and fingerprints from the surface. Smudges can reduce contrast and create problems like glare and reflections.
  • Choose screens that tilt and swivel.
  • Use a glare filter for your screen.

Your work environment:

  • Change lighting to get rid of glare and harsh reflections.
  • Use an adjustable chair.
  • Place a document holder next to your computer screen.
  • Make sure the lighting in the room you’re in is bright enough. You don’t want your device to be brighter than the surroundings.

Your work habits:

  • Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Post a note that says "Blink" on your computer as a reminder.
  • Take a longer break of about 15 minutes after every 2 hours you spend on your devices.

Your eye care routine:

  • Apply a washcloth soaked in warm water to tired, dry eyes (keep your eyes closed).
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • To help prevent dry eyes while indoors, use an air cleaner to filter dust and a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
  • If you wear contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses.
  • Get regular eye exams. You might need to use a different pair of glasses when you’re working on a computer.

If you have eye fatigue or pain, see an eye doctor to make sure a deeper medical condition isn’t to blame.

If the problem doesn’t go away, make an appointment for a full eye exam. The doctor can make sure your symptoms aren’t linked to a problem like an eye muscle imbalance or dry eye. They can also tell if your glasses or contact lens prescription is up to date and good for computer use.

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Maybe it's asthenopia. The name is unfamiliar, but the state itself is familiar to everyone. This term ophthalmologists call eye fatigue as a result of prolonged intensive work. A person feels symptoms of asthenopia while reading a book or text from a computer screen, or after many hours of driving.

Visual tasks that require high concentration cause overexertion and spasm of muscles, and not only the eyes. The muscles of the eyelids, face, and even the jaw are also included in the visual process, and to such an extent that pain and discomfort are sometimes felt. Lighting also plays a role: the eyes get tired quickly in dim light. Looking intently at the monitor, carried away by his tasks, a person blinks less often, and asthenopia is accompanied by dryness of the eyeball. Refractive errors - nearsightedness and farsightedness - exacerbate eye fatigue.

In general, the symptoms of asthenopia are varied:

  • fatigue,
  • burning and pain in the eyes,
  • blurry image,
  • double vision,
  • headache,
  • tearing,
  • dry eyes,
  • sore neck,
  • photophobia - hypersensitivity to light.

Many of these signs are also characteristic of eye diseases, astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness. To understand the true cause, it is still better to come for a consultation with an ophthalmologist and undergo a comprehensive eye diagnosis.

What should I do if my eyes get tired quickly?

It is impossible to reduce the load on vision in the modern world - work, entertainment are unthinkable without gadgets. It’s not worth putting up with fatigue, especially since it’s easy enough to relieve tension.

Here are a few "recipes" available to everyone:

  • Massage. Light circular movements in the area of ​​​​the eyelids and above the eyebrows for 40 seconds increase blood circulation and relax the muscles.
  • Warm palms. Rub your palms and place them on your closed eyes for half a minute.
  • Sunbathing. You can get an energy charge by substituting your face for a couple of minutes under the sun's rays. The eyes must be covered.
  • Exercise for the eyes. Even the alternation of looking far and at a close object trains the eye muscles.
  • Cool water relieves swelling, tension and fatigue, improves blood circulation.
  • Compresses from chamomile tea, milk, cucumber reduce puffiness, relieve irritation, help muscles relax.
  • Lighting. Too bright light makes the eyes work hard, as well as too dim. Choose the optimal intensity.
  • Brightness and color temperature on monitors. Remove excessive brightness on your computer and other gadgets. Take a break from the computer - give your eyes a rest.

And don't forget to blink and breathe, no matter how absurd it may sound. Tears wash away germs and provide the cornea with the necessary lubrication, while deep breathing supplies oxygen to the eyes.

A little self-care and the discomfort will leave you. And trust the specialists for serious vision problems.

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If your eyes are tired, itchy or watery, and by the evening reading becomes completely impossible, you may have dry eye syndrome. It is not worth putting up with: in the long term, this unpleasant condition leads to constant irritation and even the appearance of scars on the cornea.

This is a fairly common eye problem. Many patients turn to the Maerchak Laser Eye Microsurgery Clinic with the question of how to treat the "dry eye" syndrome.

The condition is dangerous because it makes the cornea prone to infection and inflammation, reduces visual acuity. Increased dryness of the surface of the eyeball prevents laser vision correction and treatment.

The following symptoms indicate a possible dry eye syndrome:

  • burning, itching in the eyes,
  • fatigue,
  • eye pain,
  • pulsation,
  • sensation of dryness of the cornea,
  • hypersensitivity to light,
  • blurred vision,
  • feeling of sand in the eyes, the presence of a foreign body,
  • redness of the eyeballs.

Oddly enough, tearing is also a symptom of the syndrome. The fact is that the violation of the integrity of the tear film includes a compensation mechanism - more tears are produced, which, however, cannot restore the normal protective coating.


The tear film washes the eye, moisturizes its surface, removes dirt, microorganisms and dead cells. Normally, it consists of three layers:

  • The mucin component produced by the cells of the conjunctiva. Thanks to this layer, the tear film is evenly distributed over the anterior surface of the eyeball and adheres to it.
  • Aqueous layer - a product of the work of the lacrimal glands. It provides the cells of the cornea with nutrients.
  • A lipid component that coats the aqueous layer and protects it from evaporation. This fluid is produced by the meibomian glands.

Problems in any of these layers rupture the tear film and can cause the syndrome.

Two main causes of the pathological condition:

  1. violation of the ratio of components, which leads to rapid evaporation of the film;
  2. insufficient secretion of tears.

Risk factors

  • Gadgets and monitors. In front of the monitor, we blink less often, so the tear film evaporates too quickly and does not have time to renew itself.
  • Driving, prolonged concentration on something also reduce the frequency of blinking.
  • Contact lenses. You can cope with this with the help of special contact lenses.
  • Age. The syndrome is typical for people over 50 years of age, in whom tear production is reduced.
  • Menopause. Hormonal changes affect the production of fluids that bathe the eyeball.
  • Air conditioners, heaters reduce air humidity, the eye surface becomes dry faster. For the same reason, frequent flyers suffer from dry eye syndrome.
  • Smoking.
  • Systemic diseases: diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Medications: antihistamines, antihypertensives, birth control pills, antidepressants.
  • Problems with the eyelids, such as blepharitis, which blocks the meibomian glands, disrupting the production of mucin.
  • Dry eye syndrome accompanies some operations, for example, blepharoplasty, refractive surgery. But in this case, the discomfort usually goes away on its own.


Before you run to the pharmacy and buy drugs for the treatment of dry eye syndrome, it is important to understand the cause of discomfort, that is, to be examined by an ophthalmologist. In addition to examining and questioning the patient, the doctor analyzes tear production using special tests.

Depending on the cause, the intensity of symptoms, the treatment of dry eye syndrome is in three directions:

  • increase the secretion of natural tears;
  • moisten the ocular surface with artificial tears;
  • slow down the evaporation of the tear film.

If the basis of the "dry eye" is an infectious disease, treatment begins with it.

Ophthalmologists of our Clinic are attentive to the health of patients, so they tell everyone how to increase tear production and restore the natural tear film. If non-drug methods are ineffective, the ophthalmologist selects drops.

In severe cases, the lacrimal ducts are blocked with silicone plugs that retain fluid on the cornea.


For those who want to maintain healthy vision and avoid the unpleasant symptoms of "dry eye", our ophthalmologists advise to adhere to simple rules: