1. Watch out for allergies
Do you have an allergic tendency? Every allergy sufferer knows that they cause itchy, watery and irritated skin. This reaction is caused by histamine, released by your allergen sensitivity. Histamine is an immune response and causes dilation of blood vessels. This causes sometimes unforgiving itching in the nose, mouth or eyes that allergy sufferers know perfectly well.
The increased blood flow and itching caused by allergies can cause your eyelids to swell. This is how your red eyes are also puffy and tired.
For all people sensitive to various pollens, it is best to try to work indoors and to cover your eyes well with curved protective goggles ( sun or anti-fog) . In any case, talk to your doctor who will advise you best.
2. Take breaks from your screens
Confinement, teleworking and the digital age are wreaking havoc on our visual health. Even though technological progress offers various advantages, the many hours spent in front of screens of all kinds weaken our eyes. The influx of blue light, proximity work are unnatural and cause headaches, dry eyes... Combining short breaks with your long hours of screen will help you relieve the genes linked to eye fatigue digital.
The famous 20-20-20 rule
The 20-20-20 rule is perfect for short breaks. Every 20 minutes in front of the screen, look up and look 20m outside (avoid other screens!) for 20 seconds. This 20-second pause allows the eye muscles to relax because the eye is in a rest position for distance vision.
If you can, feel free to relax in your chair or stand for a few moments. By closing your eyes, stretch your neck, your arms, your legs... A few yoga postures or a micro-nap for some and you will be fresh and efficient again in front of your computer without visual fatigue!
3. How about a compress?
Cucumber slices, tea bags or compresses? Grandmother's remedies still and always used to relax the eyes and take care of yourself.
Alternating hot and cold compresses is often discussed. The hot will relax the palpebral muscles while the cold compress will increase blood circulation This solution is certainly easy and effective to help overworked eyes but it remains temporary. It is important to identify the real cause of this eye fatigue : visual problem, poor correction, screen abuse...
4. Hydrate your eyes
Dry eye is also a major cause of your drowsy eyes. Dry eye or dry eye syndrome can come from many factors: diet, age, medication...
In front of the screens, we are absorbed and "forget" to blink. This step is crucial because it allows the hydration and lubrication of the cornea and other visual organs . Regularly and at each pause blink your eyes exaggeratedly. It's a natural, simple, and surefire way to keep our eyes moist and clean.
You don't think about it or is it not enough? Opt for saline. A few drops in the eye will give you great relief. For some this will not be enough, in this case, consult your ophthalmologist who will prescribe adequate eye drops.
Above all, remember to drink plenty of water. In general, in the event of dehydration, the first organs affected are the eyes and the skin, which take on a dull and withered appearance. Proper water intake is beneficial not only for your eyes, but also for your health.
5. Check your eyesight
You have been wearing your corrective glasses for a long time and have not had a visual examination for 2-3 years. Chances are your prescription is outdated and the cause of your fatigue. In general , vision changes over time and your correction may no longer meet your current needs.
A comprehensive eye and sight exam is recommended every two years. An ophthalmologist or an eye care professional can assess your problems and find a solution: a vision prescription, orthoptic rehabilitation or other recommendations...
Have you ever worn corrective glasses? It is possible that your vision has changed, your visual fatigue can be a signal: your eyes are now tired because they need adapted glasses to see correctly. In any case, for more prevention and comfort, choose anti-reflective anti-blue light glasses .
To find out, go to an optician or ophthalmologist for an eye exam.