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4 Ultra Soothing Natural Home Remedies to Relieve Tired Eyes


Hi Adele,

Eye strain is becoming a growing and common problem among today's professionals as too many of us now depend too much on computers, smart phones and modern technology for our daily lives.

You may not be aware of this, but the average working professional stares at the computer screen, big or small, for 6 or more hours, 7 days a week. Many people also spend additional hours online, engaging in chat room discussions, watching videos, playing games, and more. In a word, we overworked our eyes.

Computer eye strain can include a wide range of different symptoms. Eye fatigue, a burning sensation around the eyes, watery eyes, eye twitching, and vision blurring are the most common symptoms associated with eye strain problem. Some who suffer from eye strain also experience headaches, typically mild to moderate but may be severe (painful migraines).

Here are a variety of natural home remedies that will help soothe tired overworked eyes quickly. They also brighten up your tired eyes so you look refreshed in a flash.


How to Soothe and Cure Dry Tired Eyes Naturally

1. Chilled Spoons

This simple yet highly effective home remedy can help you soothe tired eyes quickly. All you need to do is place two rounded metal spoons in a glass of ice water, or in the freezer to chill them. It should take only a few minutes. When they are really cold, place one spoon (curved back) over each eye, gently rolling for 1 minute, or until they reach room temperature.

Sprinkling cold water on your face a few times in a day will also help to reduce eyes strain and fatigue immensely.



2. Cucumber

Cucumber, with its very cooling properties, is a natural home remedy that works wonders to heal dry tired eyes. Cucumbers also contain ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, two powerful antioxidants that will help reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes.

Refrigerate two thin cucumber slices. Then, place one slice over each eye socket. Lay down and relax with the cucumber slices on your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Remove and rinse your face using cool water.



3. Cold Milk

Cold milk is a trusted home treatment that will relax tired eyes, giving you instant relief from the burning sensation and eye discomfort caused by staring at a computer monitor, or TV screen, or after prolonged duration of near vision work.

Simply dip two cotton balls or cotton pads into a small bowl of icy cold milk, and squeeze out the excess milk slightly. Gently place them over your eyelids, making sure your eyes are closed.



4. Tea Bags

Another natural way to calm and soothe tired eyes is to use tea bags. You can use black or green tea bags. I prefer chamomile tea bags because the anti-inflammatory effects of chamomile will help ease redness and puffiness around the eyes.

Steep two tea bags in boiling water for 3 minutes. Then, remove and chill the tea bags in the refrigerator. Place a tea bag over each eye and relax for 10-15 minutes.



How to Protect Your Eyes from Computer Strain

Besides using natural home remedies to relieve dry tired eyes, eye strain can be greatly prevented by making small changes in your environment.


1. Too much bright light, either from natural sunlight coming in through your window or fluorescent lights can cause eye strain. You want to work in a darker environment with less bright light.

Draw your curtains, close your shades, or pull down the blinds. Use fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or consider replacing high intensity bulbs with lower intensity fluorescent bulbs and tubes.

Position your computer screen in such a way that the windows are to the side, not in front or behind the screen. Also, make sure to avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights. Floor lamps that provide indirect incandescent or halogen lighting are a great option.



2. Reflections on your computer screen also can result in unnecessary eye strain. Install a special anti-glare screen on your monitor to protect your eyes. Check out NuShield's anti-glare screen protectors.



3. Adjust your computer's display settings to lessen the brightness of the screen. Consider investing in a larger monitor. Bigger is always better if you can afford it. And, if your budget is really tight, a refurbished computer monitor is just as good.



4. Have your eyes checked by a qualified optometrist, and remember to tell him how often and how long you use the computer for. You may also want to ask about computer glasses specially designed to reduce eye strain from viewing computer monitors.



5. On top of that, blinking is extremely important when you work long hours in front of the computer because it moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. Slowly blink 10 times every 20 minutes.



6. Last but not least, make sure you do not work more than 2 hours at time. Also, use the "20-20-20 rule' exercise to relax tired eyes. After every 20 minutes of computer use, look away from your computer screen and focus loosely on a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. That way, it relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce eye fatigue.




By Diane Hanson



I do a lot of book reading and also need to spend long hours working on the computer every day. I have not experienced any chronic eye strain or eye fatigue problems until last week. My eyes were so tired and dry that they hurt terribly. I could not work after being on my laptop for only a couple of hours. I have a horrible suspicion that my constant headaches and blurry vision are also caused from computer use. I am very worried about this and would like to know some simple home remedies to soothe dry tired eyes naturally. Thanks. – Adele, Houston.

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