Do you stay on the computer a lot? What a question! Of course, I work on it, for at least 8 hours a day; then I get distracted by playing or chatting with smartphone or tablet, or watching TV.
Do you live in a polluted environment? I live in a city with fog and smog, where sometimes we cannot drive by car due to the “ecological block”.
Do you suffer from allergies? Don’t tell me: in the pollen season I swell like a balloon. The eyes then turn red and water.
Heating in winter and air conditioning in summer? Of course, I couldn’t do without it!
Glasses or contact lenses? By now both of us, I no longer see us either up close or from a distance!
If you recognized yourself in any of the preceding lines, or you do a “fine” job to put it with my grandfather (you are a tailor, a goldsmith, you work under the microscope …), in the evening you will have tired, dry, fatigued eyes . Knowing the causes can help us identify the best remedies for tired eyes.
Possible causes of tired eyes
Tired eyes are a real eye disorder, usually due to activities that require demanding use of vision . They are considered a mild clinical problem , but tired eyes cause a very uncomfortable feeling.
Tired eye disorder is usually linked to one or more of the following causes :
- Prolonged computer use (the resulting eye disorder has been classified as a ” computer vision syndrome “).
- Prolonged use of electronic devices : tablets and smartphones, video game consoles, TVs.
- Intense reading and continued for a large number of hours.
- Wearing unsuitable contact lenses , or for an excessive period of time.
- Driving a vehicle for several consecutive hours.
- Prolonged exposure to bright or dazzling lights.
- Eye strain in poorly lit environments.
- Insufficient night sleep .
- General fatigue .
- Commonly engaging in activities that require intense eye focus for long periods of time.
- Presence of eye diseases : hyperopia, astigmatism, myopia, strabismus, amblyopia, blepharitis or chronic conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, insufficiency of convergence, maculopathies or degenerative retinopathies.
- Diet: if water intake is decreased, there is a risk of dehydration with consequent dryness and tiredness of the eyes; Vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin B12, vitamin D and vitamin K can cause dry or tired eyes
- Cigarette smoke.
- Environmental pollution.
- Dry environments.
- Air conditioning.
Tired Eyes: Behavioral Remedies
We can help our tired eyes with some easily modifiable activities or attitudes, here are the main ones:
– While working on the PC, reading or studying, look up at regular intervals, observing a distant point and then look at the right and left sides.
– Maintain a greater lighting on the work surface than in the rest of the room.
– Give your eyes a small break every 2 hours or so to take your eyes off the display and allow them to relax.
– Keep an eye on the monitor : it must be of the latest generation, flat, without flickering, with medium-large dimensions (better 19 inches or more), to be kept at about 60/70 cm away.
– Some recommended exercises: resting the elbows on the table, hands on the cheekbones and thumbs on the temples, with closed eyes, relax and imagine a pleasant landscape, breathing slowly and deeply. Sit with your back straight, cover one eye, following with your arm extended forward, the thumb corresponding to the eye held open as you move it up, sideways and down. Repeat these movements 6 times, without interruption, then change your eyes.
– Alternate the reading of a nearby text with a distant one , gradually changing the distance of the object (from 50 to 20 cm) for one minute.
– Try to rest and sleep more.
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Natural remedies for tired eyes, which ones to choose
In addition to exercises and rules of healthy behavior, there are some easy-to-follow natural remedies to relieve tired eyes. here are some of them:
– Single- dose artificial tears .
– A balanced and purifying diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, oils rich in nutrients, such as extra virgin olive oil. Use to flavor with saffron, which protects the retina, prevents damage caused by aging, eat many blueberries, which improve ocular microcirculation and night vision, often consume carrots , which thanks to beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A , are essential for the health of the retina.
– Also try specific food supplements such as: potassium, lutein, magnesium supplement.
– Make direct compresses on closed eyes , with infusion of witch hazel or rose petals, or with used black tea bags, warm or cold.
– Wraps with a warm towel , or with cucumber slices.
In any case, never neglect your eyes : you risk damaging them seriously. For any other symptoms or concerns, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.