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Lack of sleep is no longer the leading cause for tired, dull, and puffy eyes. Constant exposure to digital devices and the blue light is an equal culprit. We all spend more time on our digital devices than anything else and yes, not all of us have the luxury of undergoing a digital detox. The brunt of this is borne by our eyes the most, which is why everyone is looking out for the best eye products or treatments to treat tired, puffy, dark-circle-filled eyes on the daily.

“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 Lipika Roy, Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Eye Surgeon at Centre For Vision and Eye Surgery in Chennai. “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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Need some help to figure the one for you? LSA rounds up the best of soothing and hydrating eye treatments to keep your eyes bright, relaxed and taut.

Clinique Moisture Surge Eye, Rs 2,550

Clinique Moisture Surge Eye

With claims to keep your eyes hydrated for 96 hours, this is the perfect 3-minute eye mask…during a flight, before a night out. Caffeine and Activated Aloe Leaf Water deeply nourish the delicate area around the eyes.

Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel, Rs 1,050

Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Hydra Eye Gel

Aloe vera as the hero ingredient helps to moisture and soothe while cucumber, rose water and Vitamin E tone and cool the under-eye area.

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Mask, Rs 4,377 (approx)

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Express Soothing Eye Mask

This targeted brightening treatment is particularly good for the morning after a late night Netflix binge or pre-party pick up. Mild retinols work overtime to hydrate skin and contour the eye area so that it is taut, rejuvenated and de-puffed just in a jiffy.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball, Rs 1,120

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye and Face Ball

Its cooling rollerball massage tip relaxes tired and weary eyes. The amino acids work to deeply moisturize and awaken skin.

GlamGlow Eye Boost, Rs 600 (approx)

GlamGlow Eye Boost

Hyaluronic acid, algae and mushroom extracts in this masquerade-inspired mask

helps brighten and relieve fatigued eyes.

L’Occitane Blanche Illuminating Eye Care and Mask, Rs 2,590

L’Occitane Blanche Illuminating Eye Care and Mask

Enriched with Meadowsweet and White Mulberry extracts, known for their lightening benefits, and caffeine for anti-puffiness action, this reduces the visibility of fine lines and smoothens out puffiness.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Brightening Eye Gel, Rs 4,170

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Brightening Eye Gel

Roll on this gel packed with natural extracts to enliven exhausted eyes, reduce puffiness and target dark circles. Ophthalmologist, clinically and dermatologist tested, this is fragrance free and suitable for contact lens wearers.

WOW Eye Luscious under-eye roller, Rs 999

WOW Eye Luscious under-eye roller

Extracts of lily flower, muira puama and ginseng and caffeine help to soothe and calm inflammation and brighten up the eye area.

The other options are eye drops, our favourite is the Japanese label, Rohto Lycee. Alternatively, you can also spritz rose water for a soothing feeling. Rose water is known to relax your tired eyes instantly.

Aparrna Gupta

Gupta is a beauty enthusiast, always ready to unravel the journey behind the bottle. Drawing from her decade-long experience as a beauty editor at The Times of India and Verve magazine, this literature post graduate from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, continues her tryst with beauty as she consults with brands on content and product development. Her blog immerses her readers into the luxurious universe of fragrances, wellness and skincare. Her articles have been featured in Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar India, Femina and L’Officiel India.