Find out what your eyes go through during the day


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From the moment you wake up in the morning until you drift off to sleep at night, your eyes go through a lot. Even while you are sleeping, they are busy recovering for the next day. From reading and writing to navigating the world around you, the muscles in your eyes are constantly working away.

On top of this, there are many environmental factors that can affect your eyes from morning to night. Throughout the day there are common triggers that can cause your eyes to feel dry or tired and strained. Here’s a look at the daily life of your eyes, and how you can keep them looking and feeling fresh from sun-up to sun-down.



After a good night sleep, your eyes will have had the time to rest and recover from the day before. Like any muscles in your body, the muscles in the eye will repair throughout the night, preparing for another busy day. However, in the modern world, many of us are guilty of not getting enough sleep, and in the morning it’s not uncommon to notice signs of tired eyes. These signs can vary from dark circles to puffiness around the eyes. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you are rubbing your eyes quite frequently in the morning, which can aggravate eye redness.

There are lots of ways you can improve your quality of sleep if your eyes are exhibiting signs of tiredness in the morning. Avoiding food late at night and switching to decaf drinks in the evenings can help you to get a more restful night’s sleep. One of the biggest culprits in disrupting sleep is technology. Many of us spend much of our waking hours looking at screens, and also confess to using our phones and laptops at night which can prevent you from getting the deep sleep that your body requires.

No matter how well you sleep, tired eyes are not always easy to avoid, but most of us prefer to leave the house looking and feeling refreshed for the day ahead. Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops can help to soothe tired eyes, leaving them refreshed and revitalised.


The Working Day

For many of us, working for long hours at a computer screen is part of daily life. In fact, on average we are said to spend around eight hours using technology screens every day. Focusing on typing or reading can cause your eyes to sustain an unblinking gaze over long periods of time. Blinking is the eye’s natural mechanism to restore the lipid layer of the tear film and keep them hydrated. As such, reduced blinking can cause your eyes to dry out. There are other factors in many work environments which can also contribute to dry eyes, such as central heating and air conditioning. Even on the journey to and from work, focusing on driving or travelling on polluted trains and buses, can also contribute to dry eyes.

However, there are steps you can take to throughout the day to combat dry eyes. Taking regular short breaks from your screen - look away from it at least every 5 minutes and focus on something further away - this can help your eyes recover their natural moisture. This not only encourages you to break your unblinking state but also allows the muscles in the eye to relax and change position, helping to ease any possible strain.  

Throughout the day, you can also treat dry eyes using Optrex 2in1 Actimist for Dry and Irritated Eyes.* Sprayed onto closed eyes, the soothing formula helps to relieve dry eyes by repairing the lipid layer of the tear film, which can become disrupted  throughout the day. The spray is ideal for using on the go or at work, fitting neatly into your pocket or handbag. There’s no need to remove contact lenses and no worry about damaging make-up.


Evening and Night

As mentioned, winding down properly in the evening can help you to sleep more efficiently and help your eyes to rest and recover for the following day. Night time, while your eyes are closed, is a great time to treat dry eyes as it allows the lipid layer of the tear film to recover from the disruption caused by daily activities. 

Optrex Night Restore Gel Drops are higher viscosity drops** which work slowly throughout the night to help restore the eye's moisture levels at night time  and offer lasting protection from the discomfort of dry and irritated eyes. With clean hands, simply apply one or two drops to the small pocket just inside the eyelid. The drops contain sodium hyaluronate which works to lubricate the eyes, and its high viscosity helps keep the application mess-free. By morning, your eyes should be looking and feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.***


* Dry and Irritated eyes due to disturbed lipid layer of the tear film, approx. 80% of dry eye cases.

** When compared to all other Optrex eye drops

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