There are several different causes of eye soreness and overuse of eyes is one of the main causes. Driving for a longer time period, working in a room that has poor lighting conditions, staring at a computer screen for a longer time, and not wearing glasses when needed are some of the common causes of eye strain. Outer elements in your eye, glaucoma, headaches, and inflammation and sinus infections are the related to sore eyes. Here’s what you can do at your home to soothe eye soreness.
Soothing Sore Eyes
Using artificial tears or eye drops can be helpful to moisturize your dry eyes that can help relieve soreness of eyes. You may use plain salt water which can match the salt in tears. Follow the instructions while using medicated eye drops. Make sure not to rely on eye drops completely. If you frequently use eye drops, be sure that they don’t have any preservatives or medications. Don’t overdo it.
A warm compress can be helpful to relax eye muscles that can relieve twitchy feeling and eye strain on your tired eyes. You can use moist or dry compress. If you wear contacts or glasses, remove them and use compress. To perform dry compress, take a clean sock and fill it with uncooked beans or rice and knot it to close it. Microwave it for 30 seconds to get it warm enough to compress. To get moist compress, wet several paper towels or clean washcloth using warm water. If you want, you can put gentle pressure, without doing it too hard. Leave compress until it cools down.
Apply Gentle Compress with Your Palm
You can put gentle pressure to your eyes with your palms in order to reduce eye soreness and relieve pain. Remove your contacts or glasses if you wear them before you compress with your palms. Cross your hands and take your palms in front of your eyes and press them gently against your eyes. Relax and do it for 30 seconds and repeat as often as needed to deal with soreness.
Herbal Tea Bag Compresses
Some herbs like goldenseal, chamomile, calendula, eyebright and Oregon grape are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful to soothe your eyes. When there is a lack of scientific evidence that suggests tea bag and it is very effective. Herbal aroma is really found relaxing and it is very effective. You can put two tea bags in the mug and add boiling water to them. Let the tea steep for around 5 minutes. Squeeze out the excess of liquid from the tea bag and put one on each eye. Relax and lean back your head. Remove the tea bags once they are cooled. You can do it as more often as you need.
The 20-20-20 Rule
Give several breaks to your eyes in a day. Follow 20-20-20 rule. Take a break in every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and look at something which is 20 feet away from you. If you focus on the screen for a longer period without breaks, it can cause headaches, sore eyes, and muscle pain. Stand up, move around and shake yourself in every hour to refresh you and the eyes to prevent strains.
Roll Your Eyes
The eye roll is the favorite thing for every teenager. It can also help relax eye strain. Focus on breathing and close your eyes while doing such motions. Try to roll eyeballs clockwise and counterclockwise. Repeat it at least 20 times and start slow and get faster every time. Do it at least 2 to 4 times in a day to prevent and relieve eye soreness.
Relax and Unwind
Stress, anxiety, and muscle tension are the main causes of soreness and strain of your eyes. Take a breath, shake your limbs and roll around your head. Take a quick walk and do some stretches. You can perform progressive relaxation of muscles on eyes to relieve strain and soreness of your eyes. Find a comfortable, quiet, and cozy place to avoid distractions. Breathe evenly and deeply.
Preventing Eye Strains
Working on your desk for a longer time can reduce the frequency of blink and it can dry out your eyes. So, you need to blink frequently to keep eyes moist. Artificial tears may be helpful if you are still facing trouble. Don’t use artificial tears more than 4 times if it contains artificial tears, in a day. It can increase your eye problems if you overuse it. A humidifier can also keep your eyes refreshed and moist.
Drink a lot of Water
Not drinking a lot of water can really make your eyes feel itchy, dry and sore. Your body cannot produce enough of tears if it is dehydrated. A man should drink around 3 liters of water every day and a woman should drink at least 2.2 liters of water every day.
Wear Non-Allergenic Eye Makeup
It may need little trial and error because even “hypoallergenic” products can cause irritation. Try a little bit of eye makeup products for sensitive eyes to find out whether it works for you. Ask your dermatologist if you are having trouble with makeup. She may recommend makeup which is safe for your eyes.
If you have red, dry or itchy eyes, you may find it helpful to use eyelid scrub. You can use non-irritating, mild, sulfate-free baby shampoo to get a good scrub to your eyelids. It can improve the flow of natural oils to your skin and give better lubrication. Use warm and soapy water to wash your hands completely. Blend warm water and baby shampoo in a small bowl. Rub the solution gently with a clean washcloth across the eyelashes and the edge of the eyelid. Use scrub two times in a day.
Makeup can cause infection and irritation and clog oil glands in your skin. Remove all eye makeup by taking extra care, such as eye shadow and mascara. You can use eye makeup remover or baby shampoo to wash makeup. Remove all the makeup every day.