Eye Fatigue


Know the basics

What is eye fatigue?

Eye fatigue or eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as reading too long, driving long distances or staring at computer screens and other digital devices.

Eyestrain can be annoying. But it usually is not serious and goes away once you rest your eyes or take other steps to reduce your eye discomfort.

It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of eye fatigue?

Eye fatigue is associated with uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Sore or irritated eyes;
  • Difficulty focusing;
  • Dry or watery eyes;
  • Blurred or double vision;
  • Increased sensitivity to light;
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

Besides, eyestrain doesn’t have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be aggravating and unpleasant. It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Know the causes

What are the causes of eye fatigue?

Any activity that requires intense use of the eyes can cause eye fatigue. These include extended periods of:

  • Reading;
  • Writing;
  • Driving;
  • Exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light.

One of the most common causes of eye fatigue is staring for long periods at digital devices such as:

  • Computer screens;
  • Smartphones;
  • Video games.

Know the risk factors

Who is at risk of eye fatigue?

Those who spend a long time seeing improperly may have a high risk of eye fatigue.

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is eye fatigue diagnosed?

Your eye doctor will ask you questions about factors that might be causing your symptoms. He or she will perform an eye exam, including testing your vision.

How is eye fatigue treated?

Generally, treatment for eyestrain consists of making changes in your daily habits or environment. Some people may need treatment for an underlying eye condition.

For some people, wearing glasses that are prescribed for specific activities, such as using a computer or reading, helps reduce eyestrain. Your doctor may suggest that you do regular eye exercises to help your eyes focus at different distances.

Lifestyle changes & Home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage eye fatigue?

Usually, eye fatigue can be prevented or reduced by making simple changes in your work habits or the environment.

Adjust the lighting. When reading book or watching, television, you should make sure the lighting to be most comfortable with your eyes.

Take regular breaks. You can try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Keep your proper position. Using an adjustable chair or adjusting the distance of your computer screen to make sure you are sitting with a good position.

Adjust your screen resolution. Make sure your monitor has a high-resolution display. A higher resolution produces sharper type and crisper images, reducing eye strain.

Keep your screen clean. Wipe the dust from your computer screen regularly. Dust lowers contrast and contributes to glare and reflection problems.

Take your vitamins. Getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is important for overall eye health. Opt for vitamins that contain antioxidants and ingredients that help improve the health of the eye and reduce eyestrain, such as vitamins A, C and E with a B-complex and Zinc.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 26, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017