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How to Relieve Eye Strain--7 Easy Ways

Updated on May 2, 2011

Who Gets Eye Strain?

If you are a person who works overtime a lot, can't seem to put down that suspenseful novel for hours on end, or the one who crunches all the numbers for your budgets and taxes, you could be suffering from eye strain. Overusing your eyes is the main cause of eye strain, so the easiest way to get relief is to rest them. That seems simple enough, but since the pace of life is so rapid and many of us tend to multitask and extend our working time beyond what is ideal for our eyes, they can become overworked. You may sometimes concentrate on one type of task, like working at the computer or reading, or even driving way too long. When you spend long hours at a task it's easy to get eye strain. Persistent eye strain leads to stretching your eye muscles and, while not realizing it, you forget to blink. Then your eyes become uncomfortable with redness, irritation, and dryness.


How to Get Relief from Eye Strain

If your eyes are overworked, here are 7 simple ways to get relief and/or prevent eye strain:

1) Remember to blink a lot more. Make it a conscious effort to do so. This is soothing and causes your eyes to regain moisture.

2) Completely close your eyes for a few minutes at regular intervals. This will allow your eyes to refocus and ease the strain, according to Dr. Saxby.

3) Be sure your computer screen is not getting glare. This will help spare you eye strain.


4) Use rewetting drops. These can be purchased over the counter but would not include Murine or Visine, as these dry your eyes more in time because they are decongestants, according to Dr. Orengo-Nania.

5) Take frequent breaks. When doing close up work, like needlepoint, sewing, or working on the computer, take frequent breaks. About 6 minutes out of every hour is what my doctor recommends. After realizing I was experiencing eye strain, my eye doctor gave me a purple sticker to put on the corner of my computer screen with an eyeball on it and the phrases "Take a Break and Look away." That sounds silly, but it does work. You don't realize how consumed you can become with a task sometimes without giving your peepers a break. There is even software that you can download to give you visual messages to remind you to take these breaks for your eyes' sake like the one from RelaxMyEyes. "When it's time to take a break, it displays a discreet message on your computer screen so you could avoid eye strain..."

6) Massage your eyeballs. With your eyelids closed and head tilted downward, gently massage in a circular motion over the eyes. This tip is especially helpful for people who work on a computer and fail to get the breaks their eyes really need.

7) Do Eye Exercises. See the YouTube video below for some techniques used in natural eyecare.


These 7 easy methods of relieving eye strain, with its redness, dryness, and irritation caused by overworked eye muscles, are effective. If none of these simple tips seem to help relieve your eye strain, you will want to see an eye care professional because you might need glasses, a change in prescription, or have some other problem that needs further attention. Also, these tips do not replace any advice you might be given by your eye care professional.


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    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Great hub! I sit in front of my computer so many hours a day. These tips will certainly help me. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    • Cassidella profile image

      Cassidella 6 years ago

      Glad there is a method of eye massage that works for you too em_saenz. Also, thanks for your visit and comments.

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      em_saenz 6 years ago from Europe

      Yes Cassidella, I, myself practise the around the eyeball technique you describe. It is only massage of the centre of the eyeball that can potentially lead to problems.

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      Cassidella 6 years ago

      I agree em_saenz that eye massage should be done most carefully and gently for sure. I learned that this therapy is used commonly in natural therapies, by Taoists, in acupressure, Chi, and TCM. Some people believe this is actually just as natural as the urge to rub your eyes when they are tired or irritated. It is even said to have an energizing effect.

      None of this matters to someone who does not feel safe doing self-massage of eyeballs. For those who are reluctant to gently massage their eyeballs, they could apply the technique of Dale Grust, a licensed massage therapist of more than 20 years, and featured in WebMD article by Susan Seliger entitled Massage Therapy for Stress Relief and Much More. He suggests using thumbs, starting at inner corners of each eye socket, pressing gently, moving thumbs in tiny circles, working slowly toward the outsides of eyebrows, and continuing to work around the eyes, and back to the bridge of the nose. Repeat several times with a little extra time spent at the point where the inner eye socket meets the ridge of the eyebrows. As with any therapy, we all need to make informed choices that we are comfortable using. Thanks for stopping by again. It gave an opportunity to share another tip that might suit some people better.

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      em_saenz 6 years ago from Europe

      Your advice about massaging the eyeball needs to be done carefully. Many advise against massaging the eyeball at all.

    • Cassidella profile image

      Cassidella 6 years ago

      Hi em_saenz thanks for your comment. I just hopped over to your interesting hub about eyestrain and discovered yet another simple way to relieve eyestrain, palming. Nice to meet you too and welcome to Hubpages.

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      em_saenz 6 years ago from Europe

      Nice article Cassidella.Good to meet another warrior against eyestrain.

    • Cassidella profile image

      Cassidella 7 years ago

      So welcome prasetio, and thanks for your comment too!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share this valuable information. I always take good care my eyes, especially while I am working in front of computer. I really enjoy following your tips. Well done, my friend. Rated up!


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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Thanks anglnwu. I have never tried massaging the area around the eyes for relaxing tired eyes, but that sounds soothing also.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Good tips. I find eye exercises very helpful and massaging the areas around the eyes can be very relaxing. Rated up.

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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Hi HealthyHanna. Hope these tips will help relieve your eye strain. I agree that we can get so engrossed in what we are doing that our eyes will suffer. Just a reminder to give our peepers a break can be of benefit! Thanks for visiting!

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      I have eye strain. I work too much on the computer. I think your recommendations are really good. It is easy not to do what you know you should to protect your eyes. Taking breaks is perhaps the best, and the one I have the hardest time taking time to do.



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