Eyes are the windows to your soul.
But in the stressful modern life, eyes can look tired from allergies, too much partying, too much computer and TV time, too much (or too little) sleep, or loose under-eye skin caused by heredity or aging. Whatever the cause of eye fatigue, it’s time to consider it seriously.
In another post I will tell you how to revive tired eyes fast, kind of quick-fix but isn’t a little background knowledge about the causes and symptoms, and how to remove the root causes, more helpful? If you know the cause, you can avoid it to a large extent. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Common Causes of Tired Eyes
It is usually easy to pinpoint the cause of your tired eyes.
All the conditions that force the eye muscles to work harder than usual tire eyes easily. Ophthalmologists speculate that much eye fatigue is really caused by dryness. People normally blink about 12 to 15 times per minute. This naturally refreshes the eyes. When you are tired, the blink rate slows down and the eyes are not properly lubricated, causing irritation. Studies suggest that computer users blink much less frequently, about four or five blinks per minute. The symptoms that accompany eye strain from computer use have been summed up as Computer Vision Syndrome affecting 90 percent of computer users who work more than three hours a day on the computer.
Here are a few common reasons for tired, swollen, heavy eyelids:
- Prolonged staring at digital devices (computer screens, smartphones, video games); this is known as Computer Vision Syndrome.
- Overworking the eyes by performing an activity that requires intense use of the eyes, such driving or reading, for an extended period without taking a break
- Incorrect vision prescription and therefore, incorrect vision aids like glasses and lenses
- Dry eye syndrome (a chronic lack of moisture in the eye that can occur when the tear glands don’t produce the correct quantity or quality of tears)
- Exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light
- Too little or too much sleep. Sleep deprivation can intensify all the problems and symptoms. Insufficient sleep may result in persistent eye irritation and weaken your vision.
Symptoms of Tired Eyes
Whatever be the cause, the signs of eye fatigue are distinctive and very harmful for the eyes in the long run. Symptoms that are associated with tired eyes are:
- Redness or irritation
- Difficulty focusing
- Dry or watery eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
How to Prevent Tired Eyes
Simple changes in your lifestyle, work habits or environment can usually prevent or reduce eye fatigue:
- Treat your allergies; ask your doctor about eye allergy treatments. And also, try to reduce the allergens (environmental triggers) of your eye allergies.
- Visit your eye doctor regularly to make sure your vision prescription is correct and your eyes are healthy.
- Use proper sun-glasses when out in sun. Make sure your shades provide UV protection.
- Drink enough water to be hydrated from inside.
- Eat healthy. A diet complete with fresh vegetables and fruits will help you to stay fresh and resplendent.
- Get enough sleep. The right quality of duration of sleep is important. 6-7 hours of undisturbed sleep is ideal. More than 9 hours should be avoided by any healthy adult.
- For computer users: try placing the screen 20 – 26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level. Keep your screen clean and consider using a glare filter over your screen. Good if you can use an anti-glare glass.
- Take frequent breaks from work: step away from your computer or work space at least once an hour.
- Use lubricating eye-drops regularly if you are working in front of the screen.
- Invest in a good eye cream and do use it regularly. Organic aloe gel is excellent for soothing eye area.
- Adjust the lighting in your office or room to find a level that is comfortable for you.
- If you are engaged in close-up work, periodically focusing on a distant object can help your eyes relax.
- Allow your eyes to rest after work. Smartphones, tabs, televisions can wait. Nothing is more precious than your health.
A little change in the lifestyle can keep your eyes healthy and fresh. Take small steps to incorporate them right from today. Please write back if I have missed out any point you would like to mention or you find this post informative!