Eye strain can be caused by looking at computer screens for too long without a break, driving long distances or reading a book for a long time.
As a society we are using digital devices more and more each year. This year many of us have been working from home and even using computers to socialise because we cannot get together physically. This has resulted in more people suffering with eye strain. The eye strain caused by devices like computers, smart phones and tablets is known as digital eye strain.
American Optometric Association say looking at screens for more than two hours in a row every day gives you the greatest risk of digital eye strain. When working from home and even working in the office this seems unavoidable for many people.
Eye strain can also be a problem for school children and university students with many of their classes now on-line. Classes that people used to go to in the evening or weekend are now being offered on-line, even exercise classes and art lessons. There are many advantages to this digital age but eye strain is the down side.
Common symptoms of eye strain include dry irritated eyes and blurry vision or sore tired eyes that are burning or watery. Some people experience headaches or increased sensitivity to light when they have eye strain. Another common symptom is finding you just can’t keep your eyes open.
How to avoid eye strain when you have to work or learn online?
When to be concerned
If you have eye strain that is severe or doesn’t stop when you stop using the computer, you should be checked by your optometrist. You may need corrective glasses or anti-glare lenses in your current glasses. If your eyes are painful or you vision is affected, it might be a sign of something else. Get regular eye examinations to ensure you do not have other eye conditions that have not been diagnosed. While headaches can be a sign of eye strain, if you have not had headaches before and get a severe headache you should be seen immediately by a doctor.
Written by Linda Caddick
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