Most often, our eyes tend to look tired, especially before falling asleep. When this happens, the eyelids feel heavy and start drooping even if you struggle to remain awake. Your sight becomes narrow as you squint and blink at the screen, trying to remain attentive. When sleep takes over, your eyelids become heavy enough and closes. But some people have sleepy and tired looking eyes even when they are not worn-out. This can be as a result of spending too much staring at a computer, watching TV, reading a book or scanning. All that strains engages your eyelid muscles and cause fatigue. Rubbing can give temporary revive your eyes as it increases the flow of blood in the area, just like massage, making your eyelids less heavy. Muscle fatigue can also cause puffy and red-looking eyes.
Causes of Puffy and Sleepy Looking Eyes
It is very easy to tell what is causing your eyes to look puffy or sleepy. Most people get swollen, droopy eyes and heavy eyelids due to:
- Inadequate or too much sleep
- Allergic reactions from pollen, dust, the wind, and other allergens
- Extended duration in front of electronic devices, such as computers, mobile phones, or video games
- Overworking the eyes by engaging in activities that demand the intense use of the eyes, such as driving or reading for an extended duration without resting.
- Incorrect prescription of vision medications or eye spectacles
- Farsightedness or inability to see close objects
- Exposure to bright light
- Straining to see in dim light
- Gradual loss of the ability to see nearby objects that come with old age
- Dry syndrome characterized by lack of moisture in the eyes i.e., infection in eyes when tear drops fail to produce the right amount or quality of tears
Blinking and Vision
According to ophthalmologists, the main cause of eye fatigue is dryness. Normally, people blink at least 12 times every minute to refresh their eyes naturally. The blink rate slows down when you are tired and thus your eyes are not adequately lubricated, and may cause irritation. According to studies, people who work on computers blink about four to five times per minute. Though blinking fewer times can improve your productivity, it can adversely affect your eyes.
In reference to a study that was published by Huffing Post in 2012, Computer Vision Syndrome is the most prevalent eye condition affecting an estimated 150 to 200 million residents in the United States, This represents about 90% of computer users who work for more than 3 hours a day. Here are three quick fixes for sleepy looking and puffy eyes
- Cold Compresses
About Jacqueline Muller, MD, an ophthalmologist, based in New York City, trying a cooling compress can help to de-puff sleepy looking eyes. Cold compresses with cucumber, which are round-shaped and contain plenty of water, are ideal for alleviating puffy eyes. Alternatively, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables, such as baby pea, which have a special way of filling out the spaces around your eyes. It is important to place a soft cloth between the bag and your skin. Cold compresses with vegetable bags should reduce the swelling in your eyes in less than fifteen minutes of application.
- Fish Oil Supplements
About Dr. Muller, fish oil is a great source of fatty acids that are renowned for their effects in reducing inflammation caused by dryness in the eyes. Muller adds that consuming the recommended dose of 3,000 milligrams of fish oil can also help prevent redness in the eyes. Alternatively, you can soothe your eyes using whole milk, which is loaded with protein, lactic acid, amino acids as well as vitamins A and D. Milk can help to reduce irritation and puffiness. For quicker results, use iced milk. Simply place a clean washcloth that has been soaked in whole iced milk on your eyes for about 15 minutes.
- The 20/20 Rule
If you spend most of your time working on a computer, you should observe the 20/20 rule. This means that if you stare on the screen for 20 minutes, you should face away for 20 seconds. However, you may notice that your eyes get tired or dry despite following 20/20 rule. In this event, look for artificial tears that contain no preservative. Putting a few drops will help to lubricate and stimulate production of natural tears.
Irrespective of the cause of your sleepy looking or puffy eyes, you can make several changes in your workplace to reduce your eye fatigue. Some of the surest ways include cold presses, fish oil supplement, and following the 20/20 rule. Getting adequate sleep and avoiding environmental triggers can also be helpful in alleviating sleepy looking eyes and puffiness. Don’t hesitate to contact an eye specialist if the problem persists after trying your best.
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