How to Relieve Eye Pressure


Eye pressure can be caused by several factors. Whether you're experiencing eye pressure due to sinus issues, lack of sleep, strain or some other reason, don't fret. There are a number of simple solutions that are easy to apply and will help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with eye pressure. Note that one common cause of eye pressure is Glaucoma, a disease that occurs when the eye draining structure is either malformed or malfunctioning. If you suspect Glaucoma, contact your doctor.

How to Relieve Eye Pressure
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Things You'll Need

  • Eye drops
  • New contacts
Step 1

Avoid working at a computer or watching television. The eyes can only handle so much stimulation, so when you're in front of a screen for large quantities of time, your eyes can build up tension and pressure. If your job requires it, take 15 minutes breaks when you can and give your eyes a rest.

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Step 2

Get plenty of rest. In order for the body to function properly, it needs to get proper rest. The amount of sleep you need varies for each person, but on average you should budget six to eight hours worth of sleep each night.

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Step 3

Use eye drops to relieve eye pressure. Eye drops will help sooth any inflammation and will also add lubrication to the eyes. You can find eye drops at most convenient stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.

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Step 4

Change your contacts as directed if you wear them. Contacts worn past their expiration can cause all sorts of eye issues, including eye pressure.

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Step 5

Stretch your eyes. It may sound strange, but stretching your eyes can help relieve built up pressure. To stretch them, lift your eyebrows and hold the position for 30 seconds. Slowly release the stretch and repeat two to three times throughout the day.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you have ongoing eye pressure problems and cannot find relief, contact your doctor. She may prescribe a treatment that caters to your specific needs.


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