Let me ask you something. Do you spend a lot of your time on the computer and/or an iPad? And in addition do you watch TV or play video games?
If so, do you sometimes — or often — find you have problems with your eyes like: redness, dryness, itching, burning and tearing when you close your eyes, tired/sore eyes, a sense of fatigue, tics, or perhaps even the same feeling of strain you get when you’ve over-exerted your muscles exercising?
Yeah, me too. It could be computer-related eyestrain. It could seriously hamper your performance and productivity.
You could even have worse symptoms, such as: headaches, neck aches, back aches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision or double vision. And more.
Of course, you can’t really diagnose yourself. You need to see your physician — or at least your optometrist — because there could also be an underlying eye condition that’s more serious.
The good news is that if it is eye strain, you can easily treat it yourself with a few work-style and lifestyle changes. And you can prevent it from occurring in the first place or from recurring if you already have it.
The further good news is that you don’t have to give up computers, TV or video games. The bad news is that you have to modify how you use them and how long you use them at any one time.
The Mayo Clinic has a great multi-part article on eyestrain. It covers symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests, treatments and home remedies. It begins at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/eyestrain/DS01084. However, if you’ve already been reading stuff on eyestrain and just want the DIY information, you can skip to http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/eyestrain/DS01084/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies.
How-to Geek also has excellent coverage of the topic at http://www.howtogeek.com/54872/how-to-avoid-computer-eye-strain-and-keep-your-eyes-healthy/ . It has a more extensive list of ways to modify your computer work habits for the better.
Here are some videos to give you more ideas:
1.This video from C|Net gives tips on reducing eyestrain:
2. Here’s another outlook on preventing eyestrain from computer monitors:
Stop waiting and suffering. If you have tired, sore eyes, see your optometrist and make sure your eyes are properly corrected. Ask about computer glasses. And start making some adjustments in how you use your computer — as well as other digital screens — to get immediate relief and get started on recovery.