- Eye fatigue or eye strain is a common and annoying condition. The symptoms includes tired, itching, and burning eyes.
- Eye fatigue is rarely a serious condition. But sometimes eye fatigue is a sign of an underlying condition that may need medical treatment. If eye fatigue persists despite taking simple precautions or if it is associated with headaches or with eye problems such as: Discomfort, Double vision, Significant change in vision; one should visit the doctor.
- Causes of Eye Fatigue Any activity that requires intense use of the eyes — such as extended amounts of driving or reading — can cause eye fatigue.
- Digital devices, especially computer screens, can also be linked to eye fatigue because of a tendency to blink less often when staring at a computer screen. People usually blink about 18 times a minute. This naturally refreshes the eyes. But studies suggest that people only blink about half as often while using a computer or other digital device. This can result in dry, tired, itching, and burning eyes. The problem is expected to grow as more people use smartphones and other hand-held digital devices.
Symptoms of Eye Fatigue
- Sore or irritated eyes
- Difficulty focusing
- Dry or watery eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
- Make changes to your computer screen
- Make changes to your work habits