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

The term eye strain 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, smartphone, television — you name it!) screens all day long.

But just because something is common, doesn’t mean it should be ignored! Digital eye strain 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 eye strain.

10 Tips to Ease Eye Strain

1. Schedule regular eye check-ups

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

2. Keep eyedrops 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 breaks — 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 the benefits of computer glasses.

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.

10. Do something active every day

Make time for daily exercise. Not only does physical activity promote an overall healthy lifestyle, but your eyes will also 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 eye strain tip is the most helpful for you? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook — we love to hear from you!