What are “tired eyes”?

Eye strain is a common condition that occurs when the eyes become tired from intensive use, such as working on the computer for long periods or driving long distances.

What are tired eyes?
Symptoms of eye strain include:

Symptoms of eye strain include:

  • sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
  • watery or dry eyes
  • blurred or double vision
  • headache
  • neck, shoulder or back pain
  • increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • difficulty concentrating
  • feeling like you can’t keep your eyes open.
Common causes of eye strain include:

Common causes of eye strain include:

  • looking at the screens of digital devices
  • reading without pausing to rest your eyes
  • driving long distances and performing other activities that involve long periods of concentration
  • exposure to bright light or glare
  • straining to see in very low light
  • underlying eye problems, such as dry eye or uncorrected vision
  • stress or fatigue
  • exposure to dry moving air from fans, heating systems or air conditioning systems.
Use of computers and digital devices

Use of computers and digital devices

Prolonged use of computers and other digital devices is one of the most common causes of eye strain. The American Optometric Association calls it computer vision syndrome. It is also called digital eye strain. People who look at screens for many hours a day have the highest risk for this condition.

Using a computer strains the eyes more than reading printed material because people tend to do the following:

  • Blink less while using the computer, and blinking is essential for keeping your eyes moist
  • Look at digital screens from a distance or angles that are not ideal
  • Use devices that have glare or reflection
  • Use devices with low contrast between text and background
  • In some cases, an underlying eye problem, such as an eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision, can cause or worsen computer vision syndrome.
How to alleviate symptoms

How to alleviate symptoms

Eye strain does not have serious or long-term consequences, but it can be aggravating and uncomfortable. It can make you tired and reduce your ability to concentrate.

Changing your lifestyle and taking care of your eye health every day can significantly alleviate the symptoms of tired eyes. Regular use of dry eye drops can also help with this.

Find out if Vizol S artificial tears can help alleviate your symptoms or if you need to see an ophthalmologist.

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