Eyestrain, what to do next?

What is the main cause for eyes¡¦ fatigue?

Eyes do not easily get overhauled under normal circumstances for they can work long hours simultaneously, though there are several factors that can potentially tire the eyesight

  • Uncorrected refractive error

It includes shortsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. They can be corrected by wearing eyeglasses or contact lens. Although the refractive status of adults is most likely stay steady, the astigmatism may increase by extensive uses of computers. So regular eye check is still needed.

  • Imbalance of eye muscle

Mild squint or serious phoria may defect the co-operation of both eyes. What¡¦s more, focusing on a particular object may increase the efforts and tiredness. A tailor made visual therapy training could possibly help in this case.

Improper healthy condition

For those who have chronic diseases, like abnormal blood pressure, imbalance hormone secretion, improper life habit, or lack of regular mealtime may lead to eyestrains and it is through practicing a healthy habit and monitoring the health condition to improve the strains.

  • Improper environmental condition

Too bright or too dim, unsteady flicking screen, reading under improper conditions (e.g. on bus) may result eyestrain and thus tuning the illumination and avoiding any reading in improper environments is a must.

Small tips of daily life




Tremble of eyelid

Disorder of eye nerve and it leads to the tremble of the muscle around the eyes

Lack of rest, stress or prolong use of eyes

Massage the head skin, press the acupuncture points. Avoid stress or exhaustion is the best prevention.


Swollen of lower eyelid

Normally no pain occurred and it does not affect vision. Sometimes red eye accompanies it.

Aging, insufficient rest, fatigue and block of circulation.

Massage the eyebrows and eye socket area. Eye masking using use cucumbers, potato slices or cold tea water may help. With sufficient sleep the swelling could be remove.


Dark eye circle

A dim dark circle ring appears around the eye but no other pathological changes.

Tiredness, Low quality of sleep. Working too close to the focus point extensively and distortion of resting time.

Massage the eye socket area or use warm palm to cover it. Potato slice or cold tea water may also help. But reschedule the working and resting time, plus facing the insomnia problem are the best remedies.

Eight self-massaging skills

  • Combing hair

Use your fingers as a comb to massage the head skin nerve from front to back, from up to down for 3-5 minutes.
Function: Increase blood circulation, ease tiredness, keep the mind and eye clear
Suitable for: Dizziness, blurry vision and sensitive nerve.

  • Cleaning the face

Use four fingers to massage the face lightly from forehead, eyebrow, eyeball, nose, cheek, and mouth, from top to down.
Function: Increase the blood circulation, reduce wrinkles.
Suitable for: Dizziness, tiredness or colour spots

  • Warming the eyes

Rub your palms to generate heat, and then slightly cover on your closed eyes to make it warm and comfortable.
Function: let your eyes get rest, increase blood circulation and reduce wrinkles.
Suitable for: Dryness, tremble of eyelid, infirmed lid.

  • Massage in between the eyebrow

Use your thumb and the index finger to squeeze the area in between eyebrows.
Function: Increases blood circulation
Suitable for: shortsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, lazy eye, red eyes and tired.

  • Massage eye socket

Place your thumb on the side of the forehead and form your first finger as a w-shaped. Massage the eye socket from inside to outside, top to down by the turning junction of the first finger.
Function: increase blood circulation; ease the eyes tiredness.
Suitable for: tired, blur, tearing or tremble of eyelid

  • Massage the acupuncture points

Use the protrude junction of thumb or the tips of the first finger to press the acupuncture points. When the area is correct, you will feel a slight reaction.
Function: strengthen the eyesight
Suitable for: shortsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye, night blindness, tearing or red eyes.

  • Warm mask

Close your eyes and use a warm towel to cover your eyes for 15-20 minutes; 3-4 times a day. Avoid using hot towel.
Function: increase blood circulation, cure inflammation
Suitable for: Acute inflammation of eyelid or cornea. But it is not suitable for those who have acute conjunctivitis, rash, bleeding or pus.

  • Cold mask

Put some ice inside a cold towel and cover your eyes for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day. Keep refreshing the towel from getting warm.
Function: decrease the transmission of nerve, relieve pain, relieve spasm, constrict blood vessel, decrease oedema thus relieve the inflammation.
Suitable for:? Acute inflammation, eyestrain or painful, red eyes. Avoid for those keratities.

Ten rules to protect your eyes

  1. Read under sufficient , even and stable illumination. Avoid too bright or too dim, under sunlight or inside moving motor vehicles.
  2. Match the height of the table and chair at a suitable level when reading.
  3. Put your reading material at 40cm (about the distance from elbow to wrist).
  4. Select the suitable letter fonts, clear printing and avoid reflecting paper
  5. Wearing suitable eye glasses and check up your eyes with optometrists annually
  6. Take a break and look far after any 30 minutes close work
  7. Increase fruit, vegetable and vitamin intake, avoid cigarette, alcohol or strong foods
  8. Keep clean and hygiene. Do not borrow eye drops or eye glasses from others
  9. Sit back to a distance at least 4-6 times the slope of the TV screen
  10. Have a good resting habit. Go to optometrist or ophthalmologist sooner when your eye feel hot, swollen, red, pain, dry, tearing, foreign body sensation or blur in order to avoid the situation come worse.