Wondering what may help with those pesky eye strains you keep experiencing?Eye strains (known medically as asthenopia) are unfortunately becoming more and more common in the digital age. They’re generally caused by staring at screens without blinking enough or focusing on one task for too long without a break. Some doctors have even dubbed asthenopia “computer vision syndrome” or CVS1.
Thankfully, there are simple things you can try that may help your eye strains and prevent them from happening again in the future if you have the right know-how.
If you’re unclear on what exactly eye strain is, here are a few of the most likely symptoms:
If plagued by eye strain, there are a few things you might want to consider doing that could help. These include:
If you’re at a laptop or computer either for work or pleasure, make sure the light in the room is not too dim. Low light can make you strain your eyes to see things correctly and cause fatigue. Ideally, your light source should be in front of you yet not shining directly in your eyes.
To avoid getting even drier eyes, make sure you keep your home or office well ventilated. Homes which have poor air circulation are typically dustier, plus things like heating systems are known for drying out hair, eyes, and skin. Try to open your windows regularly or invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Those prone to persistent eye strain, as well as working out how to prevent it, may want to consider a more long-term remedy such as glasses or contact lenses.
Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the causes and symptoms of eye strains for even more tips on how to prevent it. If you’re worried about your eye health, it might be a good idea to make an appointment with your optometrist or GP.
Last updated: 23 April 2020