Computer eye strain is a pain. No matter what its symptoms.
Disturbing. And exhausting!
I hope your eye fatigue symptoms are not as bad as mine
(eye strain headache, glare and blue light sensitivity, dry eyes, red eyes, general fatigue).
To top it my eyestrain turned chronic!
But, it’s gotten a lot better.
Thanks in part to a simple, 90-second eye strain treatment.
There are many other eye strain remedies I use(d): f.lux/iris, high-contrast windows theme on my screen, glare-free lighting behind my monitor, eye strain glasses, etc. (see other articles on this site).
The problem is, there are many computer eye strain causes.
So, it’s hard to find the one or two eye strain exercises to take care of all the causes.
But, the kicker is:
This simple treatment did get me through my PhD! And the first year of setting up this site!
That was the worse of my eye fatigue.
Here’s how you can do it too:
How to relieve eye strain with heat and cold
Your eyes should relax in a matter of seconds.
Apply the treatment to the areas that feel tense. Usually forehead, eyes, and temples.
Start with heat for about 15 seconds (careful not to burn yourself!)
Then cool for about 15 seconds.
TIP: Just count to 15 - no need to use a watch.
And repeat two more times. So you heat and cool 3 times in total.
You should feel eye strain relief immediately.
There are at least three ways of doing this in practice:
Using a Towel
Use a small towel big enough to cover your eyes, forehead, and temples.
Wet it with hot water and apply as in the image above.
Then wet the towel with cold water and cover your face again.
TIP 1: You can also use two towels - a hot and a cold one.
TIP 2: Can also use any cloth you have at home. Fold to s suitable size. Wet it and...
Using a hot and a cold therapy pack
You’ll need two therapy packs. One to use as hot. The other as cold.
They should be big enough:
At least 6x12inch – 15x30cm – or so.
Here are a couple of 2-pack deals from Amazon (commission links):
(click on image for price)
They should work well!
NOTE: At home, a towel or therapy packs works very great.
you might find it awkward or impossible to use it at work.
Which is where you probably need eye strain relief the most.
So, here a solution to that problem:
Use water from a faucet
I found this method more practical.
Particularly since I had to do this every half hour.
– find the nearest bathroom/restroom with a faucet
– let run hot or cold water
– put your hands together to form a pool of water (see image), and
– dip your eyes and forehead into the pool. (Let the water run into your hands on one side of your head.
Quick and simple. Right?
Just 90 seconds! Plus the time it takes you from your workstation to the nearest faucet and back.
You may apply this treatment as often as necessary.
Let me know in the comments if you are going to try this trick?
Also, we’d love to hear about: How your eye strain feels like!
And: How long does eye strain last in your case?
(I know I am asking you a lot. but knowing other people’s experiences helps a lot! THANKS!)
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