Our eyes are one of the most hard-working parts of our bodies providing security, entertainment and give us an understanding of the world we live in.

Although our eyes are so important we often ignore signs that they are not as healthy as they should be and don’t take as much care of them as we should.

Here are 3 signs that your eyes are in distress that you should never ignore.

READ MORE: How to protect yourself from digital screens’ blue light

Easily strained and tired eyes

Your eyes are not a muscle, and while they work hard, it should not be a conscious effort to use them. If you feel a strain or tiredness behind your eyes it is because your eyes are tired or working under pressure.

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This is a common problem as screen time increases and we are glued to one screen or another for work or entertainment for most of the day. glasses designed to protect the eyes from blue light can help to ease the discomfort and prevent damage to your eyes that could be caused by extended exposure to blue light.

Seeing squiggles

Floaters in your eyes could be something as easy to solve as a piece of lint on your eye and as serious as an infection or other medical condition inside the eye. If the floaters persist or become worse and you can’t see anything on your eye the problem might be something only a doctor can determine.

Although floaters can also be caused by tiredness and stress, your eyes are too important to take the chance.

Get rid of puffy, tired eyes at home

Eyes twitching

Eye twitches are a common condition and happen more frequently if you are stressed, aren’t sleeping enough or when your eyes are strained. While the odd twitch here and there is nothing to worry about when your eyes twitch regularly for a week or more, it’s time to see an optometrist.

Your eyes are held in place by a series of muscles and tissue that you cannot see, constant eye twitching could be related to a problem or disturbance in the optic tissue. Ignoring this could lead to serious problems that not only affect your eyes but could cause migraines and severe headaches as well.

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