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Eye strain symptoms.

Eyestrain symptoms

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

The signs and symptoms of eyestrain can vary greatly. Sometimes they are mild, while on occasion they can become very annoying. Common eyestrain symptoms include:

  • Tired, weak or strained eyes.
  • Headaches.
  • Aching or discomfort near the eyes.
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye muscle or eyelid twitches.

About eyestrain symptoms

Tired eyes

Eyes can feel strained or sore. There can be a sensation of aching around the outside for the eyes. In fact, some people feel the need to close their tired eyes.

Headaches

Eyestrain headaches can feel like an ache above the eyebrows, or near the eyes. Eyestrain can also cause the eyes to feel a ‘pulling’ sensation or a feeling of pressure behind or around the eyes.

Blurred or double vision

Sometimes tired eyes have trouble focusing on objects. Indeed, this can result in blurry vision, or even double vision.

Watery eyes

When eyestrain occurs it can also be accompanied by watery eyes. This symptom is not serious and will usually ease when the eyes are rested.

Diagnosing eyestrain symptoms

In addition to patient symptoms, an optometrist looks for clinical signs in order to diagnose eyestrain. However, the clinical signs of eye strain are subtle so a comprehensive eye test is required to make a firm diagnosis.

The clinical signs of eyestrain include:

  • Inflammation or 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.

Learn more about eye strain

  • A man suffering eyestrain.

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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