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Your Eyes Feel Dry And Strained? 8 Remedies To Make Them Bright Again

Your Eyes Feel Dry And Strained? 8 Remedies To Make Them Bright Again

With most of our daily lives revolving around a computer, tablet, or smartphone screen, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 14% to 33% of adults[1] experience symptoms of DES – Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is the chronic condition that creates a lack of moisture and lubrication in the eye. This makes the daily activities that require sharp vision much more difficult. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • itching or burning eyes
  • sandy or gritty sensation in the eyes
  • eye redness
  • blurry vision
  • ocular fatigue
  • excessive blinking of the eyes
  • light sensitivity

Dry eye syndrome is impairs tear production and can be caused by aging, medical conditions, environmental factors, contacts or allergies. Although the syndrome can be mildly uncomfortable and cause no pain in the beginning, it is still a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to some serious ocular complications, such as:

  • Conjunctivitis: the inflammation of the conjunctiva (the layer that covers the white part of your eye)
  • Keratitis: a serious inflammation of the cornea (the transparent layer that covers the pupil) that can lead to the development of an ulcer on the cornea, which can seriously damage eye sight.

How To Prevent Dry Eye

Rest your eyes

Long hours spent using a computer or watching TV causes your eyes to dry up due to a lack of blinking involved in that form of concentration. Make sure to take frequent breaks from the TV or smartphone screen. This is especially important if you find yourself working 8-hour days in front of a computer. It is recommended to take a 5 minute break away from your computer for every hour you work.

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Use a humidifier

Because dry eyes need moisture from the environment, it is a good idea to keep a humidifier, especially during winter. Humidifiers are a great investment that functions to recover the humidity of the air while ridding the room(s) of any particles that might act as irritants, exacerbating your dry eyes.

Wear quality protective eyewear

In order to properly protect your eyes, make sure to wear quality UV protection sunglasses when outdoors. Also make sure that any prescriptions you have are up-to-date to assure that you aren’t straining and causing any additional irritation to your eyes.

Apply eye drops

Eye drops can help lubricate the eyes and provide momentary relief by restoring moisture that has left the eyes. There are a variety of different kinds of eye drops available on the market. Find one that is specifically for dry eyes. Wet your eyes throughout the day as needed.

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Home Remedies To Relieve Dry Eye Discomfort

The following simple home remedies can help you relieve the discomfort caused by dry eye syndrome. Keep in mind that if the symptoms you’re experiencing continue or worsen, you need to see your doctor.

Warm compresses

As clogged meibomian glands is often related to dry eye syndrome, applying warm compresses on the eyes can help to soften the hardened glands and maintain the moisture in the eyes.

  1. Soak a towel in warm water.
  2. Remove excess water.
  3. Cover the eyes and upper face for 20 minutes.

In order to make the remedy efficient, make sure to switch a cooled towel out with a warm one. The process has to be repeated at least twice a day to be effective.

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Hydration

How does your daily water intake look? Dehydration can be one of the many causes of dry eye syndrome, therefore it is essential to consume enough water on a daily basis. Keep a hydration reminder or download a water intake app, like Waterlogged, to make certain you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

Blinking exercise

Doing blinking exercises help to reduce the strain experienced with dry eye because it signals to the body to increase moisture to the eyes. Moreover, blinking helps to spread the tears equally over the surface of the eyes.

Take a break from any activity that puts pressure onto your eyes and do the blinking exercise. Blink constantly for a couple of minutes at least three times a day.

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Cold milk

Applying cold milk to the eyes helps to reduce strain because of the calming, soothing properties it promotes that relaxes the eyes.

  1. Dip a cotton pad in cold milk.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Place the pads on the eyes.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes.

Use this remedy whenever you feel a strain on your eyes. It works wonders.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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