1 What is Eyestrain?

Eyestrain is a condition that happens when someone's eyes get tired due to prologed, intense use like when staring at the computer for a long period of time.

It is usually not a serious condition that doesn't require treatment. It can cause pain in the eye in some people.

In some cases, it occurs as a result of other diseases that are affecting the eye and in this case, treatment of the underlying disease can reduce the discomfort associated with eyestrain.

2 Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of eyestrain include:

  • Headaches
  • Pain in the neck and back
  • Watery eyes
  • Dryness of the eye in some casaes
  • Blurry and double vision
  • Burning sensation of the eyes
  • Itching eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Other symptoms can include trouble concentrating during certain activities and failing to keep your eyes open for long periods of time.

3 Causes

Viewing screens of computers or phones for long periods of time is the main cause of eyestrain.

The other causes of eye strain are:

  • Reading without pauses for a long period of time
  • Reading under dim light
  • Driving long distances
  • Exposure to bright light

Stress has also been shown to cause eye strain.
Underlying eye problems like abnormalities in the curvature of the lens can be causative factors of eyestrain.

4 Making a Diagnosis

A doctor usually performs a complete eye examination to make a diagnosis of eyestrain. During examination your doctor checks your vision and may ask what might be causing the symptoms which you may have.

5 Treatment

Treatment for eyestrain is usually not required.

Making changes in your daily routine like not using your computer for long periods of time and not reading under dim light can help improve the symptoms associated with eyestrain.

6 Prevention

You can prevent eyestrain by:

  • Taking breaks when you are working on a computer or reading
  • Not reading under dim light
  • Avoiding very bright light and not driving for long distances

7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies

A few alternative and homeopathic remedies exist for eyestrain.

You can reduce eyestrain by :

  • Adjusting the lighting when watching TV or working on your computer
  • Taking breakes when you need to work or read on your computer for long periods of time
  • Using the right glasses or contacts that are designed specifically for computer work

Wearing sunglasses can also help if you need to drive for long distances.

Some natural products like fish oil and bilberry have been used to relieve the symptoms of eyestrain.

8 Risks and Complications

There are no serious complications associated with eyestrain although it may reduce one's ability to concentrate.