Tired Eyes: Learn More About Eyestrain

by Sunny on March 13, 2012

Tired Eyes

Have you ever just felt like your eyes were on fire from being so tired?

Eyestrain is annoying, but it happens to a majority of us. Eyestrain can be caused by any activity that requires intense use of your eyes, whether that be studying hours upon hours, or driving for an extended period of time, or even just working on a computer without a break.

Eyestrain is Uncomfortable

But if it does proceed for an extended period of time, you may want to talk to your local optometrist about it to verify there isn’t an underlying health issue causing your eyestrain.

There is no sure fire way to completely eliminate eyestrain from ever happening. After all, school requires hours of studying, most jobs require the heavy use of computers. These aren’t things we can just stop using or give up. However, there are things you can do to help reduce the frequency at which eyestrain occurs.

Symptoms of Eyestrain:

  • Sore/tired/itching eyes
  • Burning sensation in eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Double or blurred vision

Computer eye strain includes having trouble shifting your vision from monitor to physical paper documents or seeing color or “afterimages” once you look away from the screen.

However, resting your eyes should make these symptoms go away. Please contact your optometrist if your symptoms continue or if you notice a change in your vision, have double vision, continuous headaches or continued eye discomfort.

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