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Eye Strain

Eye strain is a fairly common eye condition that can be painful and debilitating. It can lessen productivity and can negatively affect daily activities. In this article, you will learn about the basic things about eye strain, including the type of people who are at risk, the causes, symptoms, and ways to deal with the problem.

What is Eye Strain?

As the name suggests, this condition simply refers to the straining of the muscles of the eyes. The eyes are made up of six muscles and a ciliary body around the eyes. When at least one of these muscles become strained due to over fatigue, a form of eye strain may occur.

Who are at Risk?

Anyone can experience eye strain, regardless of their age, social status, or gender. However, those who are at greater risk are those who tend to overuse their eyes. Some examples are:

Frequent Computer Users or Television Viewers

Prolonged staring at computer screens or any other type of screen can easily cause eye strain. The main reason is that working, watching, or playing on these light emitting sources involves tremendous eye concentration that may tire the eyes. With this, gamers and office workers who spend most of their time in front of the computer, as well as frequent television viewers  are more likely to experience the symptoms of eye strain.

People who read frequently.

Reading is another activity that can easily make the eyes tired. So intensive readers such as writers, journalists, students, teachers, editors, and librarians are at high risk for eye strain.

People whose jobs involve working on small details.

Some examples of jobs which require too much eye concentration on small details include model makers, tailors,seamstress, or even needlework enthusiasts. Focusing your eyes intensely on a particular spot or small detail for an extended period of time can easily cause eye fatigue and eye strain.

What are the Symptoms of Eye Strain?

It is fairly easy to recognize the symptoms of eye strain. Listed below are some of the most common ones:

  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye spasms or twitches
  • Dry eyes
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Neck aches
  • Eyes that are sore or feeling tired
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy eyes
  • Double vision
  • Heavy feeling on the forehead
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue
  • Problems when reading

What  are the Possible Causes of Eye Strain?

Below are the activities and conditions that commonly cause eye strain:

  • Prolonged computer use
  • Driving
  • Intensive reading
  • Pitching in baseball or softball
  • Extended watching of television
  • Working in low light conditions
  • Too much brightness
  • Stress
  • Contrast levels of the screen are too low
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Glare
  • Fatigue
  • Bad viewing angle
  • Alcohol use
  • Improper posture
  • Uncorrected vision
  • Drug use
  • Tiredness

How to Deal with Eye Strain?

If you experience eye strain occasionally, you do not really need to consult with an eye doctor. You can easily alleviate the negative symptoms and discomfort by doing the following:

Relaxing and soothing your eyes

The easiest way to get relief from eye strain is by resting your tired eyes and soothing them. If you really need to finish something on the computer, a 15-minute rest for every two hours of computer use may be sufficient. When you feel that your eyes are already tired, close them for a while or take a nap. Moreover, you can also put tea bags or a slice of cucumber on each eye to soothe them.

Doing eye exercises

There are two types of exercises for the eye muscles, namely strengthening and relaxation. They are of equal importance and are both essential for maintaining eye health and improving eye performance. These exercises can easily be found on the internet.

If you experience eye strains regularly and feel severe pain, it is recommended to consult with your ophthalmologist immediately. Doing so will enable you to know the underlying cause of the regular eye strain and you will also be provided with effective solutions.

Blue Eye Hydration

Eye Hydration

Do you experience consistent itchiness, irritation, and burning sensation in your eyes? If yes, you are probably suffering from dry eyes. Some of the most common causes of dry eyes include prolonged wearing of contact lenses and insufficient production of tears.

If you want to hydrate your eyes and prevent irritation, you might want to try doing the following:

  1. Apply artificial tears in your eyes.

    Using artificial tear eye drops is the most efficient way to deal with dry eyes, especially if your eyes do not produce sufficient amount of tears naturally. This type of eye drops can greatly alleviate the discomfort, and some can even be bought over the counter. One thing to remember is that these artificial tear eye drops are not the same as those which are used for red eyes.

  2. Use lubrication while sleeping.

    It is advisable to apply eye lubrication before you sleep, if your eyes get dry while sleeping. In order to know the kind of mineral oil lubricant that is most suitable for your condition, consult with your ophthalmologist.

  3. Blink your eyes frequently.

    The most natural way to make your eyes produce more tears is by blinking. When you are working in front of the computer or focusing on something, you are actually blinking less frequent. So if you want to avoid having dry eyes, blink frequently and take short breaks from your work to rest your eyes.

  4. Keep Your Body Hydrated

    Increasing your fluid intake is also an effective way to make your eyes produce more tears.

  5. Use a humidifier or air cleaner in your home.

    Sometimes, the presence of dust or pollen and the lack of air moisture cause dry eyes. With this, using an air cleaner and humidifier in your house may be helpful in reducing the adverse symptoms.

  6. Hydrate your contact lenses.

    Make sure that you maintain your contact lenses and keep them well-hydrated. Additionally, you should never forget to remove your contact lenses before you go to sleep and clean them with the recommended saline solution. You might also want to replace your existing contact lenses with the breathable type in order to solve dry eye problems.

  7. Maintain a healthy diet.

    Eating the right kinds of food can alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes and any other medical condition. Foods that are rich in Omega-3, and vitamin A, E, and C are particularly helpful in maintaining well-lubricated and healthy eyes.

  8. Remove the blockage in your tear ducts.

    In some cases, dry eyes are caused by blocked tear ducts. So try to unblock them in order for your natural hydration system to work properly again.

  9. Get sufficient amounts of sleep.

    Getting enough sleep will enable your eyes to rest and replenish the moisture they need.

Doing the things listed in this article can help ease the discomfort that you are experiencing. Aside from making you feel more comfortable, keeping your eyes lubricated can also prevent other problems such as eye strain. Remember that if you have severe dry eyes and the mentioned ways do not seem to work, it is best to consult with a physician as soon as possible.