Why Are My Eyes So Tired?

Apr 3, 2023 | Eye Health

Have you ever noticed that your eyes feel tired, dry, or strained after a long day? If so, you’re not alone. Eye fatigue is an incredibly common issue and one that can have a big impact on your quality of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore the causes and prevention tips.
 

What causes eye fatigue?

There are many factors that can contribute to eye fatigue. Common causes include: 

  • Staring at digital screens for extended periods of time (such as computer monitors or phone screens)
  • Dry air in the environment (which can cause your eyes to become dehydrated)
  • Inadequate lighting when reading or working
  • Wearing contact lenses for extended periods
  • Incorrect eyeglass prescriptions
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dry eye syndrome

How can I prevent eye fatigue? 

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to reduce eye fatigue. For starters, make sure that you’re taking regular breaks away from screens and other sources of bright light. This will give your eyes a chance to rest and recover from the strain they’ve been under. Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Additionally, maintain proper lighting levels when reading or using digital screens and consider investing in anti-glare filters for all digital devices to reduce eye strain. You should also make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day. Dehydration affects more than just our bodies—it also has an impact on our eyes! 

Finally, make sure you’re scheduling regular comprehensive eye exams with a qualified optometrist. They can detect early warning signs of issues that could be causing or worsening your eye fatigue. If your vision has changed since your last exam, make sure you get an updated prescription for glasses or contact lenses. By staying up to date with your prescription, you ensure that your eyes will not have to work harder than necessary to see clearly.

Following these simple tips will help keep your eyes healthy and happy! If you’re suffering from eye fatigue, give us a call today to schedule an eye exam at our eye doctor’s office in Murfreesboro!