Eye Fatigue Different From Eye Strain

Most people today have computers at home and in their offices. But being exposed to these computers for long hours each day can take its toll on your eyes. Those who work with the aid of a computer every day are more prone to experiencing eye problems.

How can you distinguish then if the eye discomfort you feel is just plain eye fatigue or computer eye strain? Dr. Stephen Glasser, an ophthalmologist, explained eye strain caused by long exposure to computers is characterized by various symptoms. The most common symptom is blurred vision or a delay in focusing when shifting your gaze from the monitor to distant objects. Other symptoms you will feel include dry eyes or a burning feeling, vague eye discomfort resulting in squinting or constant frowning while focusing on the monitor, increased sensitivity to glares if the display screen is too bright or too dark, headaches as well as neck and shoulder pain.

To solve this condition, you need to blink often to moisten your eyes. Look away from the monitor for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes to rest your eyes. Avoid glare and reflections by adjusting your monitor’s brightness and contrast or moving your desk. Your monitor should also be 20 inches away from you. Use computer glasses and consult your doctor for more tips.