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How to cure eye strain?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7892points) October 19th, 2010

I’m on a computer most of the day I have to be for school and I have eye strain from it I think. I also have to read a lot for school, so how can I cure eye strain, but still do what I need to do?

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Make sure everything’s big enough for you to read easily. This might mean enlarging the fonts on your computer, or getting reading glasses for books. Make sure to take breaks once an hour and go do something else – go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, whatever – to allow your eyes to relax and move around for a bit. Also, eye drops.

talljasperman's avatar

every so often look at something in the distance for 15 seconds… drink lots of water and get adequate sleep

LuckyGuy's avatar

Do you wear glasses? If not see if you can find a pair of +0.5 diopter reading glasses and use them only for reading and using the computer. When wearing the glasses while reading something ½ meter away, your eye lens will be focused at about 2–3 meters without the glasses. You can quickly look above the glasses to the the rest of your room and look down to read. Viola
They are also very useful for handgun sights. +0.75 diopter focus your eye at arm’s length to see the sight and infinity to see the target. Awesome.

marinelife's avatar

“Perhaps the easiest way to treat eye strain is by correcting your vision. Either through surgery or the use of corrective lenses, instantly improved vision should be at the top of every one’s list. If your natural vision is off, your eyes have to work harder to focus. By enhancing your vision, you can take an immense amount of constant stress off your eyes.

So make an appointment with your optician and use technology to help you see the light. After all, glasses are some of the most ergonomic devices around.

Soothe Your Eyes

During a bout with eye strain, soothing your eyes can provide some immediate relief and reduce some of the accumulated strain.

1. Sleep
Sleeping always relaxes the eyes. If that is not practical, closing your eyes and resting for 5 minutes can help.

2. Dim Harsh Lighting and Color
Lower your surrounding light levels or move into the shade while following these remaining tips. Find a spot with neutral or pastel colors as well. If you suffer from chronic eye strain, you should probably avoid wearing bright colors.

3. Cold Water
Splash your face with cold water. Try extremely cold water with ice cubes if you can stand it. Splash it on your face for 3 to 7 minutes. Also splash the back of your neck as well. If you can, use a cold compress or an eye mask that you keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

4. Steaming Towel
If cold water does not work, try a steaming towel just like you get during a facial. One prepared with menthol or eucalyptus oil can be quite refreshing.

5. Tea Bags and Cucumber Slices
Beauty tips like placing tea bags or cucumber slices on your eye lids do help soothe them. Your eyes will get some relief. A cold compress is more effective however.

6. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and sweetened drinks. Good hydration is the key to good health and lack of fluid in your body can strain your eyes and everything else.

7. Lubricate Your Eyes
Keep your eyes lubricated. Staying hydrated is the first step. For temporary help, use artificial tears, not eye drops. If you have a more chronic condition, consult your optician. You can also try taking flaxseed oil, it can provide relief for dry eyes with 2,000 milligram dose per day after 3 to 4 weeks.

8. Don’t Sleep in Contacts
Even if you have contacts that you can sleep in, you shouldn’t. They will dry your eyes out to some degree and stress your eyes even while sleeping.

9. Stretch Your Neck
Do some neck stretches with your eyes closed. Eye strain is usually coupled with neck strain and relieving one will help the other. It will also increase blood flow which will help everything.
10. Massage Your Face
Give yourself a quick facial massage. Rub your cheek bones, your forehead and your temples. Much like the neck stretches, it will increase blood flow and relax surrounding muscle groups.”


Tropical_Willie's avatar

Twenty – twenty – twenty.

Every twenty minutes stare and focus on something twenty feet away for twenty seconds.

It will give your eyes a break.

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Learned the slogan maybe thirty years ago using a CRT in the office.

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