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A man suffering eyestrain.

Eyestrain

Eyestrain occurs when eyes get tired after prolonged, intense use. Symptoms are usually short-lived, but include sore eyes and headache.

Eyestrain is a common condition caused by muscle fatigue after intensive eye use. It can happen following prolonged periods of reading, using digital devices or even driving.

The clinical name for eyestrain is asthenopia. In most people the condition is not serious. Indeed, it usually goes away when people rest their eyes. However, sometimes the symptoms can point to more serious eye problems.

Eyestrain FAQs

No, however it can indicate an underlying problem with your vision.

Prevent it by not focusing for long periods on any one object. Also, get an eye examination to see if you need glasses or a new lens prescription.

It usually eases within 15 minutes of resting your eyes. However, symptoms can take longer to disappear.

Yes, the bright blue light from digital devices can cause eyestrain. In addition, sitting too close can cause the problem too.

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Eyestrain advice

Avoiding eyestrain often requires changes to the way you work. In particular, how you use digital devices. Eyestrain can be minimised by taking a short computer break every 20 minutes. Also, you should be mindful of not sitting too close to digital screens.

If it persists you should see an optometrist. The symptoms might indicate there is an underlying problem with your eyes.

In this case, optometrists usually prescribe reading glasses or even glasses with special coloured lenses to eliminate eyestrain.

Getting a check-up

The optometrists at The Eye Practice are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of eyestrain. Indeed, our lead optometrist Dr. Jim Kokkinakis has over 30 years of experience and tailors treatment plans to the individual.

Learn more about eye strain

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Eyestrain treatment

Eyestrain treatment is very effective. In fact, it can usually minimise or even eliminate eyestrain all together.

  • Eye strain symptoms.

Eyestrain symptoms

Eyestrain symptoms include tired eyes and headaches. However, optometrists can also detect clinical signs like eye muscle imbalance.

  • A man suffering eyestrain.

Eyestrain

Eyestrain occurs when eyes get tired after prolonged, intense use. Symptoms are usually short-lived, but include sore eyes and headache.

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