15 Home Remedies for Tired Eyes

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Nearly all of us, at one time or another, have burned the candle at both ends or simply exhausted ourselves and our eyes from overwork. You can get some relief using any one or several of our 15 home remedies for tired eyes. However, keep in mind that these are not all-inclusive cures. Chronic tired eyes can be an indicator of more serious eye health issues and you should consult an eye-care professional for proper advice and treatment.

1. Cold Water

Cooling your tired eyes with cold water or a cold compress is one home remedy that can help bring some relief. Swelling and puffiness can be helped by the application of cold as well as relaxing tired muscles around your eyes and improving circulation.

What to do:

  • Splash cold water over your face and closed eyes to get quick relief.
  • You can also saturate a clean washcloth in cold water, wring out the excess water, lie down, and lay the cloth over your eyes for 5 minutes before refreshing the washcloth with more cold water and repeating the process several times.
  • Repeat this remedy as often as necessary until you get relief.

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2. Warm Compress

Where a cold compress works great to relieve swelling and puffiness, some people respond better to a warm compress. A warm compress is an alternative home remedy to relax the muscles around your tired eyes and to soothe dry eyes.

What to do:

  • Saturate a soft cloth or washcloth in warm water and wring out the excess water.
  • Lie down and place the warm cloth over your eyes.
  • Relax leave the cloth in place for 3 to 5 minutes before refreshing it with more warm water.
  • Repeat this 3 to 4 times per session.
  • Repeat this remedy as often as necessary to gain relief.

3. Rose Water

An excellent way to relax tired eyes comes through the use of rose water. Rose water has been used in spas for fading dark circles, getting rid of puffiness around the eyes and rejuvenating the skin around the eyes. It is an effective home remedy that is very soothing.

What to do:

  • Splash your eyes with cold water before patting them dry with a towel.
  • Saturate 2 cotton balls in rose water, lie down, close your eyes and place the moist cotton balls over your eyes.
  • Repeat this remedy twice a day.

4. Chamomile

A quick and effective home remedy to bring relief to tired eyes is chamomile. This potent flower is excellent when it comes to reducing swelling and puffiness as well as relieving stress.

What to do:

  • Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in some hot water.
  • Remove the tea bags and place them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or so.
  • Lie down and place the cool tea bags over your closed eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Repeat the treatment as often as necessary to gain relief.

5. Cucumber

Another spa treatment that can be used as a home remedy for tired eyes is cucumber slices. The astringent properties of cucumbers help to draw out the puffiness around your eyes and soothe those tired muscles as well.

What to do:

  • Chill a medium-sized cucumber in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Slice a couple of thick slices from the cucumber, lie down and place the slices over your closed eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this as often as necessary to relieve puffiness and strain.

6. Sunglasses

The damage caused by UV rays can also contribute significantly to tired eyes. Whenever you are out in the sun during the day, be sure to wear a quality pair of sunglasses, especially if you are driving as road glare is one of the most exhausting things for your eyes.

What to do:

  • Invest in a quality pair of sunglasses with the ability to block 99 to 100 percent of all UVA and UVB radiation.

7. Whole Milk

Nutritionists have been causing us to flee from whole milk for decades, but it does have its useful purposes as a home remedy to bring relief to tired eyes. The fats in whole milk have a soothing effect on tired eyes and also help to reduce irritation and puffiness.

What to do:

  • Saturate 2 cotton balls in cold whole milk.
  • Lie down and place the cotton balls over your closed eyes.
  • Relax and leave them in place for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Do this as often as necessary to gain relief.

8. Blink Often

It sounds simple enough, but it is a difficult thing to train yourself to do. Your eyes need moisturizing to keep them relaxed and working properly, so to relieve those tired eyes you need to blink as often as possible.

What to do:

  • Staring at computer screens, smartphones and the road in front of you is common.
  • Train yourself to blink while 10 to 15 times every few minutes especially while working on the computer or driving.

9. Eat Eye-Healthy Foods

A simple home remedy to keep from getting tired eyes is to eat an eye-healthy diet. Certain vitamins, such as vitamin A and beta-carotene, minerals and other nutrients help to strengthen your eyes and prevent them from reaching a point of exhaustion.

What to do:

10. Stay Hydrated

Water helps all of your body’s organs to function at their proper level and your eyes are no different. Thus, the simplest and most readily available home remedy for tired eyes is to stay hydrated.

What to do:

  • Drink a minimum of eight 12 oz. glasses of water per day.
  • Consume broths and soups as part of at least one meal daily.
  • Freshly squeezed juice and herbal teas help as well.
  • Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks as they tend to dehydrate you.

11. Massage

A gentle massage of your eyelids and the muscles around your eyes is another simple home remedy that you can use to relieve those tired eyes. Massaging your eyes and the muscles surrounding them increases blood circulation in the area and also stimulates tear ducts to keep your eyes moistened.

What to do:

  • Using your fingers, gently massage the muscles above your eyebrows for 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Switch to the lower muscles under your eyes and over your cheekbones and massage those muscles for 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Massage the temple and upper cheekbones on the outside of your eyes as well as the bridge or your nose as well.
  • Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.

12. Palming

A technique utilized to relax tired eyes and reduce eye strain is palming. Palming is a home remedy that allows your eyes to go into a dormant state to recharge and refocus the muscles. It is great to use while reading or working on a computer.

What to do:

  • Sit up straight and get as comfortable as possible.
  • Rub your hands together to warm them, and then place the warm palms over your closed eyes without applying any pressure.
  • Relax and enjoy the moment of darkness for about 30 seconds.
  • Uncover your eyes and allow them to scan around the room for a minute or so.
  • Repeat the process 3 to 5 times per session.
  • Use this technique throughout the day or night to bring relief.

13. Exercise

Just like every other muscle, the muscles around your eyes can be strengthened through exercise. Not only will strengthening your eye muscles help prevent tired eyes, but it will also help to increase the circulation in the area and help them to function at their optimal level.

What to do:

  • Take a pen or pencil and hold it at arm’s length. Bring it in close and focus on it, and then move it farther away, focusing on it once more.
  • Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 reps each sitting.
  • Additionally, roll your eyes clockwise and the counter-clockwise for a few seconds. Take a break and blink your eyes rapidly and then repeat the same exercise 4 or 5 more times.
  • Do these exercise every 3 to 4 hours when your eyes are under heavy strain.

14. Sunning

A simple home remedy which is extremely beneficial for tired eyes is a practice known as sunning. Sunning helps your body to produce beneficial vitamin D which supports all of your body’s organs and brings overall health and wellness.

What to do:

  • Remove your eyeglasses or contact lenses and stand in a sunny place in the morning hours before 10 a.m.
  • Close your eyes and allow the sunlight to fall on your eyelids.
  • While your eyelids are bathed in the sunlight, move your eyes right to left, up and down, and clockwise and counter-clockwise.
  • Repeat these exercises for a total of 5 minutes each session.
  • Follow up sunning with palming.
  • Repeat this practice on a daily basis.

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15. Beta-Carotene

One home remedy to fight off tired eyes is by being certain that you have sufficient amounts of beta-carotene in your diet. Beta-carotene is a compound found in antioxidants which helps to protect your eyes and keep them functioning at their highest level.

What to do:

  • Include more beta-carotene in your diet on a daily basis by eating foods rich in beta-carotene.
  • Take a beta-carotene supplement at a dosage of 6 mg to 15 mg per day.


Your eyes, it is said, are the windows to your soul. Protect both and avoid the exhaustion and damage which comes from too much eye strain by making use of one or several of our 15 home remedies for tired eyes that really work. If you have questions, comments or home remedies to add to our list, we would love to see them in the comments section below.

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Clara Sherwood

Clara Sherwood

Clara was born and grew up in Great Britain, and although she’s now happier with the weather in North Carolina where she resides with her partner, she does miss the ubiquitous teacakes. She graduated from a master’s in literature and worked for about 5 years at local news magazines as a reporter.

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