What You Need to Know About Eye Strain
You feel that there is something wrong with your eyes. Is it eye strain? Eye strain is an eye condition that exhibits different symptoms like pain around the eyes, blurred vision, fatigue and headache. These symptoms usually appear after reading and computer works. Eye strain can be uncomfortable and it can disrupt your productivity. Sometimes Singaporeans do not realize it is eye strain.
With this, it is important that you know about it so you can do something about it when it hits you. Next time, you will not be so clueless. Here are the things that you need to know about eye strain:
What are other symptoms?
It was mentioned earlier that eye strain exhibits different symptoms. It is not good to always strain your eye muscles and you will know when it is worse because of the symptoms. Other symptoms include neck aches, twitches around the eyes, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, sore eyes, dry eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, burning eyes and heaviness of the eyelids.
What are the causes?
Eye strain is caused by hurting eye muscles. There are different causes of eye strain like computer use, reading, driving and watching television. Aside from activities, eye strain is also a result of long exposure to things like fluorescent lighting, brightness, glare, low screen contrast and worse viewing angle.
Who is at risk?
Almost all people, at some point in time, suffer eye strain. However there are those who have higher risk of suffering it. These people have activities that put them at risk. What are these activities? People who use computers, video gamers, readers, athletes, drivers, needle workers and sea men have higher risk of suffering eye strain.
There are also other risk factors like aging, vision problems, contact lenses and dehydration.
When to see a specialist?
Eye strain is normal and at some point it is not serious but you have to be aware when to seek for help. If it is just occasional, you do not need to see the doctor. However, regular eye strain is a different thing. If you feel that you have regular eye strain bouts that cause severe pain or discomfort, you have to go to your doctor immediately.
Doctors will diagnose the strain and identify what causes it.
How to relieve it?
The quickest way to relieve eye strain is to sooth it. There are many soothing activities that you can do to help your eyes. Soothing activities include sleeping, diming lighting and color, cold water, steaming towel and stay hydrated and massaging your face.