It is almost ironic to be giving you this article from a screen.
We spend more time on digital devices more than anything else (remember when iPhones starting displaying screen time stats and we all collectively gasped?), yet few of us actually have the luxury (i.e. time) to undergo a digital detox.
But do not fear. Help is here.
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Computer Vision Syndrome Digital Eye Strain
Speaking to Dr. Lipika Roy, Paedriatric Opthalmologist and Eye Surgeon at the Centre for Vision and Eye Surgery in Chennai, we put together some tips and tricks to your puffy, social media-exhausted peepers.
“Computer Vision Syndrome Digital Eye Strain can cause eye tiredness, inability to focus, blurred vision, and in severe cases even pain. Some patients have associated eye allergies that can worsen the condition,” explains Dr. Roy. “The increase in eye strain causes the blood vessels around the eye to dilate,” she adds. This can aggravate the appearance of dark circles and tired eyes.
Eye drops are your friend
One of the easiest and most preliminary ways to calm tired eyes is the use of lubricating eye drops between laptop-time. Further, special lens designs, lens powers, or lens tints or coatings are recommended to help maximise visual abilities and comfort.
The 20-20-20 rule
While we can’t avoid digital exposure, we certainly can minimize the strain caused. To begin with follow the 20-20-20 rule in a scenario where the nature of your work makes it impossible to reduce screen time. “Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away,” recommends Dr Roy. As a rule of thumb remember, watching from distance is better than near, so prefer TV to tablets and mobile when watching movies and videos.
We also asked dermatologist, Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, for some suggestions on how to soothe tired eyes and reduce puffiness. Her top suggestions include switching to night mode (it’s less bright) and making sure you don’t sleep next to your phone. It messes up the circadian rhythm of the body leading to disturbed sleep which has a direct impact on your skin.
An age-old remedy
If you have tired eyes, make most of the age-old remedy of using cucumber slices. While it’s a temporary fix, it has an instant soothing effect. Caffeine, when applied cold, can also have a cooling effect too. Another fix includes soaking two green tea bags in a cup of water in the fridge and applying them to your eyes for about 10 minutes. Ice or a cold spoon is another age-old tried and tested remedy. Take out 2 minutes in your everyday skincare routine before you apply makeup and use an ice pack or a cold spoon on your eyes – it constricts blood vessels and reduces the puffiness.
“Invest in a good Anti-Ageing serum. Serums contain more concentrated and potent ingredients that target specific concerns, be it fine lines, puffiness, eye bags or dark circles. Serums also have thinner consistency so that the skin absorbs it faster than an eye cream. They can also be applied underneath make-up as they are quite lightweight as compared to creams. Always apply starting from the from the inner corner of the eye till the brow bone using a clean finger with very light pressure. Be mindful of the fact that the cream/serum should not be applied directly on the lids or too close to the eyes as the product may cause irritation,” adds Dr. Aparna Santhanam from Dermafique.
Hydration, hydration, hydration
Lastly, dehydration plays a big role, so, make sure you pick an eye cream that suits your eye concerns. There are many eye creams with caffeine, retinols, peptides, and acids for your eyes. To see benefits of an eye cream, stick to it at least for 4 to 6 weeks.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India.