It's no secret that long days spent staring at TV screens and computer monitors can leave you with tired-looking eyes. Other culprits that contribute to unwanted puffiness and dark circles include aging, heredity, fluid retention, allergies and lack of sleep that can make you look worn even if you feel wide awake. Beyond cosmetic concerns, tired eyes can cause eye hydration imbalance, leading to watery, dry or red eyes. Banish the bleary look and brighten up your face with some simple remedies and lifestyle tweaks.
Sleep at least seven to eight hours a night. Rest recovers your body, your eyes included.
Use a supportive pillow to keep your head slightly elevated. Raising your head prevents fluid from being retained near the eyes, which may help reduce puffiness.
Use a cold compress on your eyes upon waking up. Wet a washcloth with cold water, and wring it out. Apply the compress over your eyes, and hold it for at least 60 seconds. Repeat as needed.
Look away from the computer screen at a distant object for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This strategy allows your eyes to relax.
Blink voluntarily every minute to ensure proper eye hydration and to prevent irritants from entering the eye.
Reduce the brightness of your television or computer screen. Bright light dries out your eyes and makes them work harder to focus.
Wear your prescription glasses or contacts at all times to reduce eye strain.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure ample hydration of the body. This will ensure there is enough water for eye hydration. Use eye drops if your doctor has prescribed them or if you still have trouble with dry eyes.
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Closing your eyes and placing cool spoons, sliced cucumber or tea-soaked cotton balls on your eyelids may alleviate some of the puffiness associated with tired eyes.
Consult your doctor to ensure your tired eyes are not a symptom of a more serious eye condition.