Itchy eyes, killer headaches, constant eye fatigue … do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, you might be suffering from severe eyestrain.

The term eyestrain is perhaps something we’ve been conditioned to take a little too lightly. In today’s technology-centered world, eyestrain is very common, and plenty of people go to bed each night with tired, aching eyes after staring at computer (or tablet, iPad, smart phone, television — you name it!) screens all day long. But just because something is common, doesn’t mean it should be ignored! Severe eyestrain is uncomfortable and can lead to more damaging problems with your overall health.

Give your eyes the break they deserve! Here are 10 optometrist-approved tips to beat eyestrain.

10 Tips for Easing Eyestrain

1. Schedule regular eye check-ups.

If you’re experiencing eye discomfort of any sort, schedule a visit to your eye doctor.

2. Keep eye drops handy.

Keep a bottle of lubricating eye drops handy and use as directed. This will help keep your eyes moist and irritant-free throughout your busy day.

3. Wear reading glasses.

If you need reading glasses, wear them! If you don’t, you risk hurting your eyes even more by constantly straining to focus. Not sure what power you need? Use our power finder to find the right magnification for you, and take these at-home tests to find out if it’s time to wear a pair.

4. Eat lunch away from your computer.

Get away from your computer and do another activity! Take a stroll with coworkers during your lunch break, play Scrabble with the kids, learn a new hobby, or cook a delicious meal. Your eyes will always welcome these break  — and your happiness will, too!

5. Never sleep in contact lenses.

Never sleep in your contact lenses! To give your eyes an additional break, alternate wearing glasses and contacts throughout the week.

6. Set a timer to rest your eyes.

Set a timer to remind yourself to look away from your computer, television, iPad, or cell phone screen every 15 minutes. It doesn’t have to be for long, just enough time for your eyes to relax and focus on something else.

7. Get a good night’s sleep.

Get a good night’s sleep every night so your eyes feel just as awake as you are!

8. Wear computer glasses.

If you’re a frequent computer user, grab a pair of our computer glasses. The lenses in computer glasses are specifically designed to combat the harsh strain a computer screen places on your eyes. Learn more about their effectiveness here.

9. Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.

Eat well to maintain healthy vision. Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein all contribute to overall eye health. Learn more about the foods that promote healthy vision here.

10. Do something active every day.

Make time for daily exercise. Not only does physical activity promote an overall healthy lifestyle, your eyes will thank you for the daily break. Go to a yoga class, take a bike ride around the block, or grab a friend for a round of tennis.

We hope this post will help you toward your goal of happier, healthier eyes! What eyestrain tip is the most helpful for you? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook — we love to hear from you!