Eye strain – what causes it and how to avoid it

When you use your eyes to concentrate on something for a long period of time the common result is eye strain.

Tired, sore, and itchy eyes, blurred vision, headaches, sensitivity to light, sore neck, shoulders or back due to muscle tension, difficulty concentrating – these are all symptoms of eye strain.

It’s easy to identify what has caused eye strain if you start to feel the symptoms. Have you been:

One, or a combination of the influences above could be causing your eye strain.

But it’s the extended use of digital technology – computers and hand-held digital devices – that are the most common cause of eye strain.

Known as computer vision syndrome, people who look at screens for two or more hours in a row every day are at the greatest risk of this condition.

Why technology use causes eye strain

Computer use strains eyes more than reading print material because people tend to:

In some cases, an underlying eye problem, such as eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision, can cause or worsen computer eyestrain.

Some other factors that can make the condition worse include:

Eye strain is more of an annoyance than a significant medical condition, and the easiest way to manage the symptoms is to take regular breaks when using digital technology.

If you can rule out computer vision syndrome as the cause of your eye strain, it’s a good idea to see your optometrist for a check-up.

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