A couple of days back, my eyes felt sore and itchy while having slightly blurred vision as well. I also experienced mild headaches, and overall my eye area did not feel fresh whatsoever.
As referred by one of my friends, I decided to visit Dr. Sameer Sawant at Samarth Eye Care. I revealed the eye problems that I was facing. He said whatever I was experiencing was because my eyes were tired, and they utterly needed some rest. Must say, he is a thorough professional. He listened to me patiently and gave me an apt diagnosis and some really amazing techniques for the relaxation of the eyes.
Here are some of the questions that Dr. Sameer asked diligently and elaborately during our conversation:
Q. What could be the probable cause of my tired eyes?
Not getting enough sleep, allergies, working on the computer for too long, poor lighting conditions, driving a car for long periods, reading for long hours, or any other activity that requires the eyes to maintain extreme focus for long periods of time are among the most common.
Dr. Sameer also stressed on the fact that in case you are currently working from home and rely on your laptop for day-to-day tasks. Working from home is convenient and efficient, but it can take a toll on your eye health. After all, eyes are made of muscles, and like any other muscle in our body, eyes also need rest.
Q. Okay, so how to rest your eyes and get relieved of the tiredness?
To this, Dr. Sameer suggested some very useful techniques to relax extremely strained eyes:
1. Use an eye mask: A good way to relax your eyes could be to cover the eyes with an eye mask or a soft material to keep all light out. Then, imagine the world around you is black while sitting or lying down in a relaxed position (but not sleeping). By “relaxing into the blackness,” you’re teaching your brain that your eyes don’t have to strain all the time light.
2. Hot and Cold Water Compression: If you wonder how to rest your eyes other than the methods mentioned above, Dr. Sameer recommended the hot and cold water compression method, which relieves you wonderfully from stress. Dip a soft, clean cloth into warm (not hot!) or cool water and place it over your eyelids for a few minutes. Warm water relaxes your eye muscles, while cool water (or even ice cubes wrapped in a cloth) reduces puffiness around your eyes caused by eye strain.
3. Eye Exercise: The ophthalmologist expert suggested that if I could spare certain time from my busy schedule, I could try some simple exercises to relax my strained eyes. According to him, you need to simply follow these steps:
Focus on your finger a few inches away from your eyes. Then, focus far into the distance before returning to your finger. Repeat several times. Close your eyes and try rolling them up to the ceiling, then down to the floor. Take a look to the right, then to the left.
4. Adjusting device screen settings: Different tasks necessitate different types of lighting. For example, keep the room softly lit while watching TV to make it easier on your eyes. When reading, position the light behind you and away from your eyes, pointing toward the page. Adjust the brightness of digital screens to match the amount of light around you. For further relaxation of the eyes, adjust the screen’s contrast as well, so your eyes don’t have to strain to see.
Q. I also wanted to know if there are any other symptoms of tired eyes besides the ones I was experiencing?
Yes, there may be! They could be:
● Watery or Dry eyes
● Swollen neck or shoulder
● Difficulty in focusing or a feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open.
If any of these symptoms show up, this clearly means you immediately need to do something for the relaxation of the eyes.
It was a very helpful and insightful visit to Samarth Eye Care. Dr. Sameer Sawant is the best in his field and provides you with appropriate diagnosis and eye treatment. With extensive Ophthalmology experience, Dr. Sameer Sawant and Dr. Priya Sawant focus on delivering nothing but only high-quality eye care to their patients. Consult Samarth Eye Care at once if you observe a discomfort in your eyes that does not seem to be going away.