Eye strain or commonly known as eye fatigue is a common condition. Some of the symptoms are: burning eyes, itching and tired eyes. In many cases it isn’t some serious condition. A precaution at home and at work may reduce or even prevent eye fatigue. In some other conditions, eye fatigue is a sign of some other condition and a person needs medical treatment. If you take certain precautions, but you still have this problem, you should go to the doctor. Also, if an eye fatigue is paired with: headaches, double vision, change in vision and discomfort, you need a medical treatment.
Any activity that uses your eyes too much can cause eye fatigue. For example, long periods of driving, reading or writing can cause an eye fatigue. Also, exposure to bright light can cause eye fatigue. The newer ways to get eye fatigue are long uses of digital devices (video games, smartphones and computers). They are also the main cause of eye fatigue. Eye fatigue caused by long use of computer is known as computer vision syndrome. It affects between 50% and 90% of people who work on computers.
Eye fatigue is linked to: a pain in the neck, sore or irritated eyes, watery or dry eyes, difficulty focusing, blurred or double vision and sensitivity to light. Lack of sleep can make all of these symptoms even worse. In order to prevent eye fatigue (if you work on a computer), place a screen 20-26 inches away from your eyes (below the eye level), clean fingerprints and dust from it and use a glare filter over the screen. Use an adjustable chair and use lightening to reduce glare and strong reflections.