What Causes Tired Eyes?


What Causes Tired Eyes?

Understanding Tired Eyes

Our eyes love streaming, scrolling, pinning, and gaming. But sometimes, like the devices that entertain them, they need a recharge. Find out how you can help keep your eyes plugged in, online, and out of trouble.

Tired Eye Symptoms

You may have eye fatigue, or tired eye, if you’re experiencing:

  • headache
  • blurred or double vision
  • sore or irritated eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light
  • pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • eye twitching
  • difficulty focusing
  • dry or watery eyes

What Causes Tired Eye?

Tired eye can be caused, or aggravated, by a number of things:

  • prolonged viewing of digital devices such as computer screens, smartphones, video games, and TV 
  • screen glare
  • excessively bright ambient light
  • straining to see in dim light
  • extended periods reading, writing, or driving

Tired Eye Relief

Ways to help relieve tired eye symptoms include:

  • take frequent viewing breaks. Try the 20-20-20 Rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes and stare at something 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
  • minimize glare 
  • use proper lighting
  • adjust the display settings on your screen
  • use lubricating eye drops like VISINE® Tired Eye Relief
  • applying a washcloth soaked in warm water to tired eyes