How to reduce eye strain: Treatment with heat and cold

How to reduce eye strain: Treatment with heat and cold

Here are the details on an excellent and natural way to answer your question: How to reduce eye strain. I have been using the eye strain treatment with heat and cold for more than three years now. It is very effective! You feel the whole area around the eyes relax immediately! This eye strain treatment is quick and easy to do at your home or office.

How to reduce eye strain: Treatment with heat and cold – using a towel

This eye strain treatment is based on interchangeably applying heat and cold to the area around the eyes that feels tense. You start with heat for 15 seconds (approximately), than cold for 15 seconds, and repeat two more times. (Be careful not tu burn yourself!)

Relaxing eye strain using a hot and cold towel.
Hot & cold eye strain treatment using a towel.

How to reduce eye strain: use a small towel, wet it with hot water and cover your eyes, forehead and temples with it for 15 seconds. Then wet the towel with cold water and cover your face again (as shown in the image). Do this three times.

However, while using a towel works well at home, you might find it awkward to use at work, where you are likely to need eye strain relief the most. But don’t worry, there is a shortcut to this eye strain treatment that will solve this inconvenience.

How to reduce eye strain: Treatment with heat and cold – the shortcut

Another way to carry out the hot & cold eye strain treatment is not to use the towel but just hot and cold water. How to reduce eye strain:

hot & cold eye strain therapy using running water
The same eye strain treatment without the towel.
  • go to the nearest faucet,
  • let run hot or cold water,
  • put your hands together to form a pool of water (see photo), and
  • dip your eyes and forehead into the pool while letting the water run into your hands on one side of your head.

You may apply this treatment as often as necessary. There might be times at work when you need it every hour which is not a problem because the treatment requires only a few minutes but it greatly improves your short and long-term work effectiveness.

Let me know if this eye strain treatment works for you? Also, do you know any other answers to the question: How to reduce eye strain?

I learned this eye strain treatment in a workshop by Leo Angart (the shortcut, however, was my idea). More info on his workshops: I recommend the workshop if wearing glasses bothers you to the point of being willing to do quite a bit of eye training to improve your eyesight. However, don’t expect to find many solutions dealing specifically with light sensitivity.

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6 thoughts on “How to reduce eye strain: Treatment with heat and cold

  1. Hi. I have passed one year with a digital eye strain symptoms. I tried my best with supplements(include meso), screen filter and sunglasses. They works but my eyes don’t get better. Is it treatable?


    1. Gwonpyo Lee, hi. Thanks for your question!

      I am not aware of computer eye strain being treatable. Not in the sense of the eyes feeling the same as before – gone completely :(.

      Some people report on important improvements after seeing this or that doctor. But not a 100% recovery.

      Figuring out the cure takes persistence and luck, though:
      – Because both causes and solutions differ from person to person
      – So it’s unlikely to find the doctor that is able to diagnose and treat whatever happens to be causing your computer eye strain.

      Unfortunately, the cause is not clear. Nor is it clear how to identify it. Particularly as there may be more than one.

      I mean, computer screens bring out the problem. But usually, there is a predisposing factor. Or a set of them.

      However, as you’ve done already, it is possible to improve computer eye strain.

      Unfortunately, sometimes it requires a change in work/life-style :(:

      That’s the best I can do. Does it help?


      1. Thank you for the reply. You do not seem to be cured either.

        I met four ophthalmologists. But all of them don’t help. (ToT)

        What I found is… Beta carotene(as vitamin a precursor) and vitamin b3 are really important as same as lutein.

        And riboflavin, dha(omega3), anthocyanosides also works.

        I really hope someday I will find the answer. I don’t wanna live forever with this shit.


      2. That’s why I mentioned PERSISTENCE.

        What you mention – meeting 4 ophthalmologists, but no help – is many people’s experience 😦

        You might speed up your search of a solution (or at least significant improvement) if you try seeing NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGISTS.

        Good luck! Really!


  2. Hello,
    Please can u tell me how to use this technique in winter ,not is so hard to put a cold towel can I use the hot one only .

    Thanks a lot ,


    1. Beshoy, hi and thanks for this question.
      I am not exactly sure what the issue is. Is it that the cold towel feels too cold? If so, there is no need to make it so cold it you can’t stand it. Just do what feels comfortable. You should feel the tension around your eyes easing off.
      Was that helpful? Best,


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