Pain and itching of the eyes, watering or excessively dry eyes as well as problems with correct vision are very common results of eye strain. It usually affects people who spend a lot of time working with text, in front of the computer screen or in front of the TV. It is not worth ignoring the signals that tired eyes give us, because it can lead to permanent deterioration of vision. If you want to keep your eyes in perfect condition for as long as possible, read this article. We suggest how to take care of your eyesight and give you some proven methods for tired eyes.
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How to look after your eyes – what to avoid
Overstraining your eyes for a long time results in a number of symptoms, the most common of which are
- pinching or itchy eyes,
- red eyes,
- watery or dry eyes,
- blurred vision,
- sensation of grains of sand under the eyelids,
- swelling around the eyes,
- bruising under the eyes.
To relieve the strain on our eyes we should, first of all, eliminate the factors that have a negative impact on them. Avoid staying in smoky, dusty, air-conditioned and intensively heated rooms. Try not to expose your eyes to too bright, contrasting and flashing light. Read only in good light that does not strain your eyes. If you work long hours at the computer, take breaks of several minutes to rest your eyes. An important note for women – try to use good quality, non-allergenic and non-irritating eye make-up and always wash it off thoroughly at the end of the day.
How to care for your eyes – pharmaceutical products
If you suffer from excessively dry eyes, special moisturising drops available at pharmacies can help. Ordinary saline will also bring relief to tired and dry eyes, which can also be purchased at a pharmacy. A few drops are enough for the eye to regain its proper moisture level and stop causing us discomfort. Eye fatigue and pain can also be combated “from the inside” with the use of medicines and dietary supplements, which contain favorable components affecting vision, such as: vitamin A and E, vitamin C, zinc and selenium, copper, lutein, omega 3 acids.
Home remedies for tired eyes
There are many home remedies for tired eyes, among which the best known and at the same time very effective are compresses from the essence of tea or chamomile. You can also use warm milk for soothing compresses on your eyes. A gentle eye massage or eye gymnastics or placing ice cubes on the eyelids will also bring relief. In case of bruised, reddened and swollen eyes, poultices of green cucumber slicesmay help.
If we want to support our tired, painful eyes, it is also worth taking care of an appropriate diet. Especially recommended is blueberry, which has a very beneficial effect on the functioning of the visual apparatus. The menu should also frequently include: carrots, green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruit, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, eggs and sea fish.
Herbs for the eyes
Among home remedies, a special attention should be paid to beneficial herbs for eyes, which natural medicine knows a lot, and which can significantly relieve problems with eyesight apparatus. Eyebright is one of the most effective medicinal plants with beneficial effects on eyes. It can be purchased in the form of crushed dried fruit (loose or in express bags). Prepare an infusion of the herb, then soak a cotton ball in it and make an eye pack. St. John’s wort is also available in the form of ready-to-use drops, gels and ointments.
Other herbs which have a positive influence on eyesight and which can be used to prepare soothing compresses are chamomile, mentioned above, cornflower, marigold, sage, marigold and field horsetail.