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Eye Strain- Get to Know the Symptoms

Headaches can be caused by a number of factors, but if you find yourself reaching for the Ibuprofen often, you may want to consider checking in with your optometrist. Eye strain can not only give you headaches, but can also affect your overall vision and productivity. The good news is that there are a couple things you can do to dramatically reduce eye strain.

First, let’s consider what causes eye strain. Has anyone ever told you not to sit too close to the TV? How about not to read in dim lighting? There is some truth to these notions in that they could be straining your eyes. Your eyes are just like the muscles in your body and can get fatigued and strained too. While these may seem like obvious causes, eye strain can sneak up on you while you’re doing everyday activities like working on the computer, reading your favorite book, or spending the day in the sunshine at the park.

Some of the symptoms of eye strain are:

  • Sore, tired, burning or itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Headaches
  • Sore neck, back and shoulders
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty focusing

One of the biggest causes of eye strain is the blue light that comes from digital devices. In today’s age of technology, it’s not unusual to spend hours in front of a screen, but studies have shown that the blue light waves can be damaging to your vision. The wavelengths can even  cause retinal damage that can lead to macular degeneration.

Luckily there are a couple easy ways to help reduce your risk and eye strain that comes from blue light. We always suggest following the 20-20-20 rule, which suggests you look 20 feet away from your screen, every 20 minutes that you are in front of it, for 20 seconds at a time. Another easy fix would be to talk to your optometrist about blue light filtering lenses, which can stop much of the harmful blue light from entering your eye.

Eye strain and migraines can both be awful to live with, and there’s no reason anyone should have to. If you find yourself squinting and straining with any of the aforementioned symptoms, it’s time to schedule a visit with your optometrist. You can schedule your next appointment by visiting Here .