Have you ever found your eyes to be tired after a long day on your computer or behind the wheel of your car? That’s eyestrain. But what is it and what causes it?
Eyestrain is usually caused by staring at something for long periods of time without blinking. This can cause your eyes to dry. It can also be caused by an incorrect eyeglass prescription or working in an environment with improper lighting.
Signs of eyestrain include sore, tired, burning, itching, watery, or dry eyes; blurry vision; a headache; a sore neck or shoulders; and light sensitivity.
Fortunately, no. It won’t cause any permanent damage, but you’ll still want to care for yourself to prevent any discomfort from happening in the first place, CEENTA Ophthalmologist Timothy Saunders, MD, said.
Make sure to blink regularly when you’re at your computer, and follow the 20-20-20 rule: after every 20 minutes staring at your computer, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It might also be helpful to keep artificial tears by your desk. If the air is dry, use a humidifier.
There are several things you can do if you find yourself getting eyestrain when you drive. If the sky is too bright, wear sunglasses. If you have a prescription, make sure to wear your glasses or contact lenses. Make sure air vents aren’t blowing right at your face, since the air could dry out your eyes.
If you need new glasses or are concerned you have more than just eyestrain, one of CEENTA’s doctors would be happy to examine your eyes at any one of 12 locations.
As long as you are aware of the causes and signs, eyestrain doesn’t need to be a problem, and you can drive and use your computer without discomfort.
This blog is for
informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult
your physician. Dr. Saunders practices in our SouthPark and Matthews offices. To make an appointment with him or any of CEENTA’s eye doctors, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
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