If you work at a desk and use a computer, these self-care steps can help take some of the strain off your eyes.
- Blink often to refresh your eyes.
- Take eye breaks.
- Check the lighting and reduce glare.
- Adjust your monitor.
- Use a document holder.
- Adjust your screen settings.
Will eye strain go away?
Although eye strain can be annoying, it usually is not serious and goes away once you rest your eyes. In some cases, signs and symptoms of eye strain are a sign of an underlying eye condition that needs treatment.
What are the symptoms of eye strain?
Eyestrain signs and symptoms include:
- Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes.
- Watery or dry eyes.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Sore neck, shoulders or back.
- Increased sensitivity to light.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open.
Do you need glasses for eye strain?
Eye strain or tired eyes that happens after extended periods
While uncomfortable, eye strain doesn’t actually lead to long-term vision damage, but it may indicate you need glasses to help alleviate some of the eye stress.
Why do my eyes feel strained?
Asthenopia (eye strain) is a feeling that your eyes are tired, sore, or achy. You can feel this way after reading or looking at a computer or phone screen for a long time. This sensation develops due to prolonged use of the muscles that control your eye movements and your pupils (the dark circles of your eyes).