Has your eye strain become the new normal? Here's how to fight from the effects of eye strain
Work from home has become the new normal in the lockdown phase. Most of us are spending a lot of time on our laptops, tablets, television, either to work or for entertainment purposes. This has led to the increased time spent on digital screens leading to eye strain and headaches. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are not doing enough to take care of the eyes, which are our window to the world.
What is eye strain? (Asthenopia)
Eye strain (Asthenopia) is a common condition in the digital age. It is not a disease but happens when eyes get tired with intense usage of digital screens, reading or driving for a long period of time at a stretch. Usually, eye strain is treatable with simple, non-invasive methods.
But, one needs to seek an eye specialist if the strain is persistent and has started hampering daily life. Strain occurring from prolonged usage of digital screens is also known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain.
Symptoms of eye strain
- Redness in eyes
- Burning, sensation, itching
- Watery, tired eyes
- Persistent headaches
- Neckaches, backaches
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Trouble in keeping eyes open
Other causes of eye strain
- Working in an ill-lit environment, either too dark or too bright light
- Feeling stressed
- Complain of poor vision, coupled with factors like dry eyes
- Sitting in a poor posture while focusing on a digital device
- Exposing yourself to uninterrupted, extended amounts of blue light emitting from digital screens
- Failing to blink often
Effects of eye strain
The effects of eye strain can be aggravating and unpleasant. It can reduce your ability to concentrate. Excessive time spent on a digital screen can affect your eyes.
The blue light emitting from those devices can cause:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Issues with the retina
- Sleep disturbances
You can opt for specialized lenses that reduce exposure to blue light.
Treatment for eye strain
Consult your eye specialist. Share all the symptoms you're having. Your doctor might perform an eye test to check the current situation of your vision.
Generally, the treatment for eye strain includes modifications in lifestyle. You need to work on your daily habits and environment to keep issues associated with eye strain at bay.
Your eye specialist Jun prescribe you with eyeglasses or suggest taking frequent breaks while you're working. These frequent breaks help eyes focus at different distances and reduce pressure from your eyes.
Lifestyle changes you need to adhere to prevent eye strain
Work on your home 'office setting'
Re-do the lighting in your space
Use eye drops
Check on the indoor air quality
Take some time out and go outdoors
Make a proper place for yourself at home where you can sit and work. Position your screen in accordance with your sitting posture. Choose a desk and a chair that does not strain your neck, back, and shoulders to work.
You have to keep a tab on the lighting of your room. Make sure that your working space has good light. Your eyes should not feel stressed sitting in that environment. With the lighting of your room, make sure to adjust the brightness of the screen as well. Too dim or bright light can also leave you strained.
When you spend a lot of time on screen, you tend to blink less. As a result, your eyes start getting dry and irritated. You can use your doctor's prescribed eye drops. These eye drops soothe your eyes and cure dryness. Keep in mind to blink more.
Indoor air quality can also be bad, sometimes. Therefore, polluted or dry environments with fans, air conditioners or heating units can cause eye strain. Keep a humidifier that improves the air quality. You can also relocate your working space to a spot where you do not have to face the same air issues.
During the lockdown period, it is tough and risky to go outside. But, you can go to your terrace area, or balcony and walk there. Focus on things other than your screen and look at distant objects. Allow your eyes to relax.
Centre for Sight offers a range of treatments for different eye issues like cataract, retinoblastoma, refractive errors, glaucoma, eye strain, etc. We understand that the effects of eye strain can make your daily life worse. If you experience any visual discomfort, visit us for comprehensive treatment. Our expert team of doctors with years of experience strives hard to provide you with the best possible treatment.
Article: How To Fight From The Effects Of Eye Strain
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Jun 25, 2020 | UPDATED 05:19 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.