How Do You Get Rid of Eyestrain?

An infographic discussing how to prevent eyestrain

Eyestrain is fairly common given the way we interact with electronic devices and use computers in many job industries. But there are other causes of eyestrain besides computer use.

  • Outdated prescription
  • Refractive disorder
  • Dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, or another underlying eye condition
  • Staring at a computer screen
  • Prolonged use of other screens – phones, tablets, etc.
  • Driving long distances
  • Glare
  • Bright lights
  • Reading
  • Fatigue
  • Driving or using your eyes for other tasks in dim lighting

The sensation of tired, sore eyes is not something anyone enjoys! You may be wondering what you can do to find some relief, especially if this issue recurs throughout the week. Here are a few ways to tackle it:

  • Schedule an eye exam at Kirk Eye Center. We will discuss your symptoms and determine whether your vision is causing the issue, an underlying disease, or some of the tasks you do related to work, reading, or other activities.
    • Get an updated prescription. If you wear glasses or contacts, be sure to go to your regular eye checkups. Doing so will ensure your prescription stays up to date.
  • Ask about presbyopia if you are 40 or older. Presbyopia occurs to everyone with age. It’s a normal loss of the ability to focus on objects close-up. If you’ve started developing it, it may be manifesting as eyestrain.
  • Set up an ergonomic workspace. Poor posture and poor ergonomics can lead to eyestrain. Make sure your computer screen is arm’s length away from your eyes, and that you aren’t looking up or down at an extreme angle.
  • Rest your eyes. Rest is usually a good way to reduce strain. Take regular breaks from reading and upclose work. If you are driving a long distance, schedule breaks at rest stops or parks where you can get out and walk around, or close your eyes for a few minutes.

Our eye doctors are very familiar with this issue and enjoy helping our patients get to the source of the problem, so that we can help them find solutions that work.

Discover the Source of Your Eyestrain Symptoms

To get to the bottom of uncomfortable eye symptoms, please schedule an eye exam at Kirk Eye Center. Our experienced eye doctors will ask you about your vision and your symptoms, and they’ll perform an eye exam to determine if there are underlying conditions. To discuss eyestrain in Loveland, CO, please call 970-669-1107.

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