How To Handle Eye Strain

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Eye strain has become common for several reasons. If you find that your eyes are feeling fatigued, dry, and painful, you are likely suffering from some kind of eye strain. Your ophthalmologist will do an exam, to determine the extent of your eye strain.

Most of the treatments that will be recommended will be lifestyle changes. If you're wondering what type of changes work best to reduce eyestrain, here's a look at some of the most important ones your ophthalmologist may suggest.

 Improve Lighting

Many people get eye strain from watching television. If you want to reduce this type of eyestrain you must adjust the lighting on the television as necessary. Don't watch television in a completely dark room. Instead, make sure that the room is softly lit. 

Use task lighting whenever you are doing things such as reading. When reading, try to place the light so that it shines directly on the page you are reading and not into your eyes.

Minimize Screen Time

If you work while sitting in front of a computer, it can be easy to have too much screen time. The best way to reduce eye strain is to limit screen time consciously. Limiting screen time is not just about spending less time in front of your computer. It also goes for your phone as well.

Taking time away from your screen and refocusing your eyes on objects in the distance is a great way to reduce your eye strain. This will give your eyes a much-needed break.

Artificial Tears

When you have chronic dry eyes from eye strain, your ophthalmologist may suggest that you use artificial tears. Artificial tears offer a great way for you to keep your eyes as moisturized as possible, this will relieve dry eyes.

Even when your eyes are feeling better, you can still use these artificial tears to prevent dry eyes from reoccurring. Your ophthalmologist will recommend a good brand of artificial tears for you even though these are often sold over the counter.

Eye strain can make your eyes feel very uncomfortable and even painful at times. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help reduce that feeling of eye strain. 

If you have any questions about the lifestyle changes an ophthalmology professional recommends, do not be afraid to ask for clarification. Eye strain is not that difficult to reduce as long as you are consistent with doing the right things.