EYE FATIGUE

Eye fatigue or eye strain is a common and annoying condition. It is rarely a serious condition. Common sense precautions at home, work, and outdoors may help prevent or reduce eye fatigue.

But sometimes eye fatigue is a sign of an underlying condition that may need medical treatment.

If eye fatigue persists despite taking simple precautions, see your doctor. This is especially important if your eye fatigue is associated with headaches or with eye problems such as:

  • Discomfort
  • Double vision
  • Significant change in vision

Any activity that requires intense use of the eyes, such as extended amounts of driving or reading, can cause eye fatigue. These include extended periods of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Driving

Exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light can also cause eye fatigue.

One of the most common causes of eye fatigue is staring for long periods at digital devices such as:

  • Computer screens
  • Smartphones
  • Video games

Eye fatigue is associated with uncomfortable and annoying symptoms, such as:

  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back

These symptoms can decrease your productivity. They may be intensified by sleep deprivation.

During sleep, the eyes are replenished with essential nutrients. Lack of sleep may result in persistent eye irritation.

DIAGNOSIS

Your eye doctor will ask you questions about factors that might be causing your symptoms. He or she will perform an eye exam, including a vision test.

 

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Generally, treatment for eyestrain consists of making changes in your daily habits or environment. Some people may need treatment for an underlying eye condition.

For some people, wearing glasses that are prescribed for specific activities, such as using a computer or reading, helps reduce eyestrain. Your doctor may suggest that you do regular eye exercises to help your eyes focus at different distances.

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