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, dry, tired eyes 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 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 Eyes?

Tired eye symptoms 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

How to Help Relieve Tired Eyes

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