Prolonged visual activities, lack of sleep, and any other activity that requires the eyes to maintain intense focus for a period of time, can lead to eye fatigue or eye pain. Whatever the reason, if you find it hard to keep your eyes open these days, your eyes must be tired and need a rest. But rest is not always enough, it is also necessary to follow some tips to rejuvenate tired eyes.
Health Shots spoke to Dr. Anita Sethi, Director of Ophthalmology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram about this matter.
She said: “Eye strain or tiredness is caused by overuse of the eyes. This has increased especially in recent times due to the restrictions of the Covid-19; people have been confined at home and have had to work from home, take online classes and even spend their free time at home. This has noticeably increased screen time for everyone. More screen time leads to digital strain, dry eye symptoms and, in some cases, an increase in the power of glasses.”
9 tips suggested by Dr. Sethi to treat tired eyes:
1. Reduce screen time
A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that nearsightedness (a condition in which near objects appear clearly, but distant ones do not) has been a growing concern during the pandemic. This can cause eye strain. To reduce the chances of risk, reduce screen time whenever possible. Answer calls instead of video calls, play board games instead of video games, read books, etc.
2. Take breaks
Take frequent breaks while working on the laptop or computer. Follow the 8:20:20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 meters away, like a tree outside or a clock across the room. At the very least, look away from the screen and blink a few times.
3. Adjust lighting
Excessively bright ambient light or blue light from screens could cause retinal cell problems, leading to pain and swelling around the eyes. Dr. Sethi said: “Use diffused lighting while using the screens and reading. Remember, the darker the room, the smaller the screen, the greater the strain on your eyes.”
4. Hold the pose
Be mindful of your posture while reading or using the laptop. Keep the device at eye level and don’t slouch or lean over the book while reading or typing. Lying down and using devices can increase tension.
5. Wear glasses
If you wear glasses, check the power regularly, especially for children. Anti-glare computer glasses are useful for those who spend long hours in front of the screen due to office hours or school/university classes.
6. Focus on diet and supplements
A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is essential for eye health, especially for children. Dry eye disease is seen more common in certain deficiencies (Vitamin D) and in thyroid patients. Drinking plenty of fluids in hot summer conditions also keeps your eyes moist and healthy.
There is no special exercise to maintain eye health! But keeping the body healthy by running, walking, cycling, yoga, etc. It will also improve circulation and eye health, strengthening the eye muscles.
8. Avoid rubbing your eyes
Try not to rub your eyes unnecessarily. Also, do not touch them with dirty hands. Always wash your hands and then touch. Rubbing your eyes with dirty hands can cause infections and bacteria to enter your eyes.
9. Vision screening
See your doctor for frequent headaches, redness, burning eyes, or blurred vision. It is best not to self-medicate, although lubricating eye drops can be used for minor dryness or irritation. It’s best to prevent and treat dry eye disease before it becomes a chronic irritant.
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