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Why Am I Experiencing Eye Strain?


By the end of the day, do you feel like your vision has gotten less clear, or do your eyes feel physically tired? If so, you may be experiencing eye strain, which can be associated with a number of things. In many cases, simple changes to your normal routine can help to reduce strain on the eyes, though prescription eyeglasses often offer the best level of protection against eye strain. At SPEX, Dr. Scott Campbell and our knowledgeable team help Seattle, WA patients restore clear vision once again and relieve eye strain with prescription glasses. Take a closer look at the possible reasons for your eye strain below, and find out how glasses may be helpful for you.

What is eye strain?

Eye strain is, for the most part, what it sounds like it would be – a temporary condition resulting from the overuse of your eyes. Common symptoms of eye strain include:

  • Feeling of “tired eyes”
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Itchy eyes

Eye strain can also lead to headaches, muscle aches, concentration problems, or brain fog.

What causes eye strain?

Eye strain is primarily caused by prolonged or intense periods of focusing with your eyes, like when you are reading, though there are acute causes of eye strain as well. Most often, eye strain is associated with one or more of the following:

  • Computer use
  • Phone/electronic device use
  • Screen time
  • Reading
  • Looking into bright lights
  • Long periods of driving
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dry eyes
  • Attempting to focus on tiny objects
  • Attempting to see in dark lighting

Does eye strain go away on its own?

Eye strain typically is nothing to be concerned about and will resolve itself after the eyes have had a chance to rest. However, repetitive exposure to the factors causing eye strain can prolong or worsen the problem.

How can I get relief from eye strain?

To reduce strain on your eyes, try limiting your exposure to the source of eye strain – like electronic devices, computers, or long periods of driving. Additionally, consider being evaluated for prescription eyeglasses with a comprehensive eye exam at SPEX. Wearing glasses can significantly reduce the strain that computer use and other behaviors put on your eyes by allowing the eyes to focus more easily.

During your eye exam at SPEX, Dr. Campbell and our team will carefully evaluate your optical health and visual acuity. Based on these findings, you’ll receive a prescription for eyeglasses that can help reduce your eye strain and restore clearer, more reliable vision. We can also discuss additional features of your glasses that can help to relieve eye strain, like blue light filters, anti-glare technology, and others. And with a wide range of designer frames available, you can find a look that suits your tastes and budget.

The answer to eye strain is crystal clear. Schedule an exam for eyeglasses in Seattle, WA

In the modern world of constant connectivity with digital devices, it is difficult to avoid eye strain altogether, but you can give your eyes a break by reducing eye strain with prescription glasses. To learn more about glasses for computer eye strain, to wear while driving, or any other time, call SPEX in Seattle, WA to schedule your eye exam with Dr. Scott Campbell today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.