What Causes Eye Strain, and What Measures Can You Take Against It?
Eye strain is something that happens to everybody, probably a lot more frequently than we realize. Who among us hasn’t stayed up well past our bedtime reading our favorite book or watching our favorite TV show only to realize that our eyes begin to hurt sooner rather than later?
If eye strain happens every once in a while, that’s one thing. If you’re getting older and find that eye strain is happening more and more often, this could be a sign of a separate (and more serious) underlying issue.
So what causes eye strain, anyway? And beyond that, what measures can you take to help correct this problem as soon as possible? The answers to all of these questions and more, of course, require you to keep a few very important things in mind.
Eye Strain: What You Need to Know
Before we dive deeper into the (unfortunately) large number of different eye strain causes, it’s important to get a better understanding of what eye strain actually is in the first place. At its core, the term just describes a group of symptoms that occur after people “use their eyes” for an extended period of time, usually while engaged in the same activity. While it’s absolutely true that this can be uncomfortable, it’s essential to remember that this is just a symptom – it is not in and of itself a disease or condition.
Eye strain, when taken in isolation, does NOT lead to any type of eye damage. However, the same problem that is causing eye strain COULD lead to eye damage if you’re not careful. Likewise, one of the major symptoms of Presbyopia is eye strain, which itself refers to the way our eyes degrade naturally over time.
Likewise, when you experience eye strain, this sensation isn’t merely limited to “my eyes hurt when I read for too long.” This type of strain can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including but not limited to ones like:
- Headaches when you’re participating in the same activity for too long like if you’re reading a book or are spending hours looking at a computer screen.
- A general blurry sensation in your vision.
- A feeling of dryness in your eyes.
- Other, similar types of discomfort.
The Many Different Causes of Eye Strain
Now that all of that is out of the way, it’s equally important to take a closer look at some of the many reasons why you may be experiencing eye strain, to begin with. These include things like:
- You’re in the middle of some type of visually intensive task that requires a very specific use of your eyes, but your eyes no longer work well enough to actually get that job done. An example of this would be if you were to spend a long time reading very fine print, but your eye’s ability to focus has begun to deteriorate thanks to the fact that Presbyopia is setting in.
- You’re looking at a computer or smartphone screen for an extended period of time. Many people don’t realize that these types of modern-day devices actually emit a harmful blue light that begins to penetrate all the way back to your eye’s retina almost immediately. This causes an effect that is very similar to macular degeneration, which itself can contribute to computer eye strain (as well as other symptoms like headaches).
- If you’re trying to complete whatever activity you’re currently engaged in while in a very dimly lit environment.
- The reverse is also true – if you’re in a very bright area, you will likely experience eye strain as well.
- Decreased blinking. Though it may seem counterintuitive, most people naturally blink less when they’re engaged in heavily visual tasks for an extended period of time. So if you read a magazine for an hour, you’ll naturally blink less than you would if you were taking a walk outdoors and focusing on different things. Because of this, that decreased blinking could cause your eyes to dry out, leading to dry eyes and eye strain at the same time.
What You Can Do About It
Again – a lot of the above eye strain causes are, sadly, completely normal. Many of them are brought on by Presbyopia, which itself is a condition that will eventually affect all of us – usually right around the age of 45 or so. Having said that, this DOESN’T mean that there isn’t something you can do about it.
For many people, adjustable focus reading glasses and computer reading glasses for eye strain offer the relief they need when they need it the most. These are actually a pair of glasses with not one but two lenses in each eye, giving you the ability to turn a dial and adjust their intensity depending on exactly what you’re trying to focus on.
Because adjustable reading glasses for eye strain work in this manner, they allow you to see clearly at multiple distances – not just one, as opposed to off the shelf reading glasses. Because a lot of our favorite hobbies like reading, computing or watching TV all require us to focus at different distances, off the shelf glasses would ultimately be a case of “too little, too late” as far as a solution goes. Only reading glasses for eye strain and options like adjustable focus glasses (with Adlens’ own UZOOM glasses being just one of many examples) are powerful and flexible enough to get the job done in the way that you need.
Note, however, that these products are NOT designed to replace prescription eyewear. They’re only designed to help people who need a quick fix for eye strain and other issues when doing up-close tasks. If your problem is more serious than that, you should absolutely see a doctor so that you can discuss the matter in greater detail to come up with the more personal solution that the situation demands.
Contact Adlens Today
If you have any additional questions about eye strain, or whether options like adjustable focus lenses might be right for you, we encourage you to make an appointment with your eye care professional so that you can discuss the matter further. If you’d like to find out more about how Adlens’ own UZOOM adjustable focus lenses work or what benefits they can bring to your life, please don’t delay – visit us today at www.adlens.com.