Screen fatigue: how to fix your dry eyes
Dry eye syndrome, blurry vision, and ocular itching – we share the quick fixes for all types of screen-induced eye irritation
Many of us have had to adjust to spending more time on a screen this past year, but forcing our eyes to make the same adjustment isn’t easy. With the amount of time we’re spending on-screen set only to increase, averaging as much as ten hours a day by 2030 according to one study, there’s no doubt our eyes will be feeling the strain.
Dry eye syndrome, blurry vision, and ocular itching are all uncomfortable symptoms of excessive screen time and blue light exposure. So to help ease the pain, we share the best gadgets, drops, and creams for getting instantly bright-eyed.
Peep Club’s Refresher Kit for Tired Eyes
Is a new brand specifically dedicated to treating the painful symptoms of dry eyes. Created by optometrists, Peep Club has pioneered a range of soothing tools. These include an infrared-powered, massaging Heated Eye Wand, a blue-light shielding Soothing Coconut Eye Balm, and gentle Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads.
Our favourite is the brand’s Refresher Kit for Tired Eyes, which includes the heated wand, eye balm, and its latest launch, the Instant Relief Eye Spay. Formulated with wild-harvested sea buckthorn and sodium hyaluronate, or ’artificial tears,’ the spray offers the instant relief tired eyes need after hours in front of the computer.
Ace & Tate’s contact lenses
Anyone who’s felt the frustration of cloudy glasses by caused face masks can now breath a (fog less) sigh of relief. That’s because Dutch eyewear brand Ace & Tate has just released its first line of contact lens designed for irritation-free wear. The lenses come in the world’s slimmest lens sleeve for maximum sustainability, and are engird with Ace & Tate’s patented Smart Touch technology, to deter the transfer of bacteria or debris.
The lens’ Smart Fit technology to naturally orient the lens and biomimetic material to lock in moisture, making them easy to wear on even the most sensitive of eyes.
Loro Piana’s eye mask
Dry eyes are often caused by incomplete eyelid closure during sleep, which results in painful, irritated eyes during the day. Using a sleep mask is an easy way to ensure retention of moisture on the cornea, and there’s no better option out there than Loro Piana’s cashmere mask. Made from the brand’s signature super soft cashmere, the mask feels so dreamy that you’ll be sleeping in no time.
Kensington’s screen protector
A screen protector is an easy way to protect both your skin and eyes from the damaging effects of blue light. Kensington’s UltraThin Magnetic Privacy Screen is the reliable bet for Mac users, who can purchase the protector from the Apple store. Not only does the screen protect the monitor from scratches and damage, but it also reduces 22% of blue light damage.
MZ Skin eye masks
Are luxurious relief for tired eyes. The masks contain collagen, hyaluronic acid, and seaweed to brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, and are also infused with Nano Gold particles to improve penetration and add radiance.
When your eye area is particularly achy, try popping these masks into the fridge for a few minutes and feel the calming cooling sensation upon application.