After a long day at work, our eyes often get tired. We’ve all been there; itching, burning and stabbing sensations are all apparent signs that our eyes need some rest. However, these sensations often come when they are the least convenient, mostly in the middle of the day. That’s why I usually tend to ignore all the inconvenience and continue without any intervention. Of course, I know that’s the worst possible way to handle my tired eyes. If only there was a way to make myself feel better without taking a nap or stop doing what I have to do during the day!
This article will focus on 5 tips I gathered during all these years working in front of a computer screen. It goes without saying that I don’t include any obvious tips, but rather focus on less known and less practiced tricks. Also, at least one of these tips will sound weird. Just remember: if it’s stupid, but works, it ain’t stupid! Believe me or not, sore eyes don’t have to be an unavoidable part of your day anymore.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. f.lux is a freeware I’ve been using for quite some time and can recommend it to anyone.
1. Green colour is your eye’s best friend
This first tip is well spread and known. However, I was pretty surprised when I visited my GP with eyesight problems and sore eyes. Among other things, the doctor instructed me to “look at something green” during my day. You see, green colour is considered therapeutical and helps your eyes find the lost balance.
You can imagine I was pretty sceptical at first; but all it took was 5 minutes of relaxed staring at the grass in the near park and my eyes felt surprisingly better. Just think about it. It takes 5 minutes during your lunch break to make your eyes feel comfortable again.
2. High contrast is your enemy
Especially during the night, high contrast is the main cause of sore eyes. Things can get worse pretty quickly, if you decide to work on a laptop with brightness set to maximum, while the rest of room is dark and there is no other source of light whatsoever. High contrast is not a problem only during the night; too many gaudy colours during the day drain your eyes as well.
The easiest way to lower constrast during the night is to turn a small lamp on in your room. Simple as that. Because you have another source of light in the room, your eyes don’t have to adjust for a complete darkness anytime you look somewhere else than at your monitor. If we take this the other way around, you can always adjust the amount of light your screen makes. If your screen is still too much even on a lowest setting, you can always use free programs that can adjust your screen brightness even more. I can personally recommend f.lux, which is fairly easy to use. f.lux lets you adjust not only the brightness of your screen, but also its warmth. The best thing about f.lux is that it automatically changes your screen settings according to weather and time of the day, so you don’t have to care about anything, once its running.
This exercise helps especially when your eyes have to be focused on the same spot for a long time. When focused for a long time, muscles in your eye can easily get “stuck” or begin to hurt, just like with muscles on any other part of your body. This means that the best way to prevent hurting muscles is to exercise them slightly.
Even though rolling your eyes from side to side and up and down can be hardly called exercising, it really helps. Just close your eyes and roll them in a circular motion. Start at the bottom and continue making your way up to the left. Once you’re up, go slowly to the bottom right corner. Now do the same thing, but this time start on the right side. Finally, do the same thing with your eyes open. That’s it!
This tip is very helpful if you often have circles under the eyes. Of course, I don’t want you to put your fingers into your eyes, or anything similarly drastic. It’s a common knowledge that area right below your eyes is not only very susceptible to wrinkles, but also to any sign of tiredness you may feel. A good way to help all those tiny muscles stretch and relax is with a massage. Just apply a tiny amount of pressure on the area and move your fingers in circles. This massage is very beneficial if you suffer from those tiny little muscle spasms at the bottom of your eye.
5. “Wash” your eyes
Similar to washing your face in the morning, washing your eyes can help bring that sensation of freshness into your busy day. Take a destilled water, boil it and cool down to a mild temperature. Fill a sink with the water and put your face in the water. Now, try open your eyes for a moment. At first, your eyes will probably hurt. But after few attempts, your eyes should get used to the water and you’ll be able to take a nice look around in your sink. Just roll your eyes few times while still in the water. This procedure is especially beneficial if you didn’t get enough sleep during the night and need to feel fresh.
Don’t try this out if you have very sensitive eyes, or suffer from stye. Remember to use destilled water and boil it first, to get rid of all the bacteria that can be harmful to your eyes.
Do you have any other tips on how to keep your eyes fresh during the day? Share them in comments below!