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5 Signs Your Eyes Need a Break and 3 Tips to Relieve Them

The impact of daily visual fatigue can be dangerous to your eyes. Splash Tears cares about your visual health. For this reason, we’ve gathered five crucial signs your eyes exhibit when they need a break so you can easily recognize them. 

In today’s blog, you’ll learn to identify symptoms like headaches and red eyes. You’ll also discover how driving, laptop overuse, sewing, and other activities can lead to visual fatigue and how you can ease these symptoms. Continue reading to learn more about eye strain and how to take good care of your eyes.

What is eye strain?

Eye strain or visual fatigue can manifest in many ways, from migraines to the inability to focus on your device or laptop. Lack of sleep, tiredness, dehydration, and other factors can lead to eye strain or worsen it. Below we discuss five signs to watch for, so you can have healthy eyes for years to come. Let’s get started!

#1 – Headaches

If you are working and can feel a headache or migraine creeping in, this could mean that you’ve been looking at your laptop screen for too long. Whether you’re writing, studying, or working, make sure you look away every now and then to give your eyes a break. 

It can be easy to forget to blink when you’re focused on an important task or have a long paper due. A good rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule. How does this work? Simple. Every 20 minutes, pick an item at least 20 feet away from you and look at it for at least 20 seconds. This will relieve your eyes from the tension of staring so closely at monitors or books.

#2 – Tired Eyes

This one may be obvious. But everyone has fallen into this trap. You may feel your eyes getting tired, and instead of taking a break, you give them a hard rub and continue working. Sounds familiar? Well, that’s not good for your eyes.

Please, if your eyes begin to feel heavy, they get red, or start to close. Take a 30min break or continue your task another day. Your body is very good at telling you what it needs. If your eyes are calling for a break, listen to them. 

#3 – Out of focus Vision

If you are reading a digital paper and your eyes can’t focus on the screen anymore, it means you need a break. This is a condition known as asthenopia or ocular fatigue. It means you have strained your eyes to their limit and should take a break from working, reading, or studying.

Adolescents and college students are at high risk of this condition due to their high exposure to laptops and devices. It is not a dangerous condition, and it’s temporary. But straining your eyes can lead to more complicated diseases like dry eye syndrome. So, take care of your eyes, give them a break, and don’t forget to blink.

#4 – Neck Pain

How can neck pain and eye fatigue be connected? Well, if the muscles in your neck and back are tense from looking down at a book or laptop, this could result in tension building up around your eyes. 

Tight cervical muscles can put pressure on your eye nerves leading to eye strain or pain. So relieve that tech neck with a few stretches and take breaks from your desk.

#5 – Burning Eyes

If you find yourself blinking a lot to relieve that burning sensation in your eyes, it’s time for a break. Activities like driving, looking at a laptop, and sewing can significantly strain your eyes.

Adjust the light in your surroundings until it feels comfortable. If you haven’t blinked in a while, apply a few drops of a lubricating eye drop, and above all, take a visual break. Remember the 20-20-20 rule you learned above and use it when your eyes start to burn.

Tips To Soothe Your Tired Eyes

#1 – Use a humidifier

Low humidity makes your tears evaporate faster than average. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, reducing dry eye symptoms and helping with itchy eyes. Use a humidifier while you work and do your daily tasks for added comfort. 

#2 – Do eye exercises

No, we are not making this up. Just like every other part of your body, your eyes also have muscles. Simple eye exercises can strengthen those muscles and improve blood circulation around your eyes. Strong eye muscles lead to sharp vision. Here is a link with some easy eye exercises you can perform without leaving your desk.

#3 – Use artificial tears

Straining your eyes and staring at screens for extended periods means you can forget to blink. If so, you are losing valuable tears faster than you should. Replenish your eyes with a gentle, fast-acting formula like Splash Tears. You can also apply warm compresses to your eyes for extra relaxation and to promote the production of your natural tears.

We hope this information and tips help you take good care of your eyes. If you have any questions about dry eye syndrome or eye fatigue, send us a message on our social media channels. You can find Splash Tears on Facebook and Instagram. For more eye care content, check the rest of our blogs. Grab your bottle of Splash Tears today on Amazon and say bye to dry eye.

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