If you’re experiencing stinging eyes, you’re feeling sensitive to light, or your eyes are otherwise irritated, it’s easy to assume that it’s eyestrain. Too much exposure to blue light from a computer screen or due to focusing too hard visually is a common enough experience. However, if it’s happening regularly, you might need to look a little closer at the potential sources. Read on to find out more:
Get your eyes tested:
It could, indeed, be that you’re working your eyes a little too hard. But, if this is happening even when you’re not using screens, but doing simple day to day tasks, it could be that your eyes are having trouble focusing because you need glasses. If you get migraines, this is even more of a hint that you need to get your eyes tested by your local optician. You might be surprised by how much the right pair of glasses can relieve the stress you’re putting on your eyes.
There’s a fluid buildup:
If you’ve started to experience pain that has gotten worse over time and is accompanied by things like headaches and worsening vision, you could be dealing with glaucoma. There are both acute and chronic illness versions of glaucoma, but both of them can lead to the loss of vision entirely if they’re not treated, as they result in fluid pushing on the optic nerve. Thankfully, they can be treated by a range of things that can lower eye pressure, including oral medications, eye drops, or even a procedure in the hospital if it has progressed far enough.
You’re experiencing inflammation:
The symptoms of eyestrain and inflammation can be difficult to tell apart, at first. Both show redness in the eyes, as well as eye pain, and some sensitivity to the light. However, if you’re experiencing swelling of the eyelids and the pain is more severe when you move your eye, or if they bring on migraines, it might be an inflammatory condition like uveitis. Chronic uveitis treatments are highly accessible and worth getting. Some people are prone to experience long-term bouts of inflammation, meaning that without managing it properly, you might be experiencing that pain time and time again.
Even if it is eyestrain, you shouldn’t let it go unchecked:
There are no real long-term complications of eyestrain but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth taking a stand against, especially if it gets in the way of your productivity. For instance, keeping eye drops on hand could help you rehydrate and rest your eyes quickly. There are also a host of tools that can help you protect your eyes from blue light like blue light blocking glasses, for example. You can also make sure that your screen area has better lighting around it so that your eyes don’t strain to focus on the blue light alone.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of eyestrain but far too regularly, then you need to talk to a doctor or optician about it. They can help you get to the root of your eye issues and improve your quality of life with the right treatment.
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