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Eye Strain Symptoms

Eye Strain Symptoms

What’s the difference between signs and symptoms?  Symptoms are what you, the sufferer, experience – discomfort, glare, headache – all of which are subjective. Signs are what your eye care practitioner can observe in your eyes. Symptoms of eye strain can include any combination of the following; 


  • a feeling of tired, weak or strained eyes
  • headaches, especially on the forehead or above the eyebrows
  • general ache or discomfort near the eyes
  • pressure’ behind the eyes
  • blurry vision
  • double vision
  • dry or gritty eyes
  • watery eyes
  • eye / eyelid muscle twitch

During an eye examination, an optometrist will run through several tests to try and determine the cause of your eye strain. Clinical signs of eye strain are subtle, and can be picked up during a comprehensive consultation. They include;
  • inflammation / redness of the conjunctiva (the clear covering of the white of the eye)
  • reduced visual acuity
  • eye muscle imbalance
  • too little or too much aqueous (watery) tears
  • signs of surface irritation

Eye strain headache

Eye strain headache can feel like a general ache on the forehead, above the eyebrows, or anywhere near the eyes. Eye strain can also cause the eyes to feel a ‘pulling’ sensation or a feeling of pressure behind or around the eyes.  With all headaches, it is essential to rule out other, more sinister causes of headaches before concluding that headaches are caused by eyestrain. You GP or optometrists may ask you about the location, frequency and duration of the headaches, how long you have been experiencing them and they will take a thorough medical history.  Your peripheral vision will be screened or tested to rule out other sources of headaches.

Suffering from the symptoms of eye strain?  Call The Eye Practice on (02) 9290 1899 or book an appointment online today.  



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