Eyestrain occurs when your eyes get tired after intense use, such as driving a car for extended periods and reading or working at a computer. Here are the symptoms, causes and the risk factors
By FM Bureau
Although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes. In some cases, signs and symptoms of eyestrain can indicate an underlying eye condition that needs treatment. Although you may not be able to change the nature of your job or all the factors that can cause eyestrain, you can take steps to reduce eyestrain.
Eyestrain signs and symptoms include:
Computer use or the use of other digital electronic devices can cause many of these symptoms.
When to consult a doctor
If home treatments don’t work to relieve your eyestrain symptoms, see your eye doctor. See your doctor if you have ongoing symptoms that may include:
Common causes of eyestrain include:
Using a computer for long periods is one of the most common causes of eyestrain. This type of eyestrain is called computer vision syndrome. In some cases, an underlying eye problem such as eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision can cause or worsen computer eyestrain.
Risk factors for eyestrain include:
Eyestrain doesn’t have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be disruptive and unpleasant. It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate. In some cases, it may take days for all eyestrain symptoms to go away after you’ve taken steps to change your activities or environment or treated any underlying cause.
Preparing for your appointment
If you have eye discomfort, headache or vision changes that don’t improve with self-care, make an appointment with your doctor.
Here’s some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
Below are some basic questions to ask a doctor who is examining you for eyestrain. If any additional questions occur to you during your visit, don’t hesitate to ask.
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