Can Stress Cause Eye Pain? Our Top 5 Eye Strain Remedies

Can stress cause eye pain? It certainly can, and you're not alone. We've all been there- whether it be a long day looking at the computer screen or just a stressful day in general, you're experiencing some serious discomfort in your eyes. Here are our top 10 tips from the vision experts at Vari Eyewear to help you ease the pain. 

5 Ways to Relieve Stress induced Eye Strain

1. Hydrate

If you've had a busy or hectic day, chances are drinking water wasn't your top priority. If you feel as if your eyes are irritated (watery eyes, blurred vision, constantly itchy,) it's very likely you're dehydrated. Before doing anything else on this list, be sure to drink some water. 

  

 2. Adjust or Reduce the amount of Light 

Whether you've been staring at a computer screen for a while or you work outside- excessive amount of light doesn't do any favors for someone with eyestrain. Wearing blue light protecting lenses or trying out the Väri Clipables Collection for those sunny days is a great way to reduce discomfort caused by light!

Often times light sensitivity is accompanied by sound sensitivity. If this is true in your case, purchasing a sleep mask and putting on headphones is a great way of limiting the amount of external stimulation causing you pain. 

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3. Artificial Tears and Dehumidifiers

Eyestrain is typically accompanied with dry or itchy eyes. In this case, we'll once again re-iterate the importance of drinking water and giving your body the fluids it needs to hydrate you body. However, in the meantime it might be a good idea to get some eye drops or artificial tears to sooth your discomfort. 
Dehumidifiers also work wonders if you get dry eyes more often than others. Check out this Buyer's Guide to Dehumidifiers if you're interested in picking one up!
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4. Blinking Exercises

It sound ridiculous we know!! BUT, this great article by Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care carefully explains how to rehydrate your dry eyes with these super easy exercises. When you spend time focusing on your computer screen or working through school work, you sometimes forget to blink or drink water. It happens to the best of us! 
 

5. Move your Body and Take a Break

Chances are if you're Googling how to relieve eye pain you're a bit on edge. We encourage you to take a step back from your screens and either take a walk or enjoy a nice break. For optimal performance and results in life, you need to take care of yourself- there's no way around it. 
 
If you're looking for a great pair of frames, check out our unisex collection to get an idea of what we offer! We hope you enjoyed this article and we hope your irritation subsides as soon as possible!
October 07, 2021 by Väri Eyewear