Best Remedies for Eyestrain Signs and Symptoms

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Eyestrain means the fatigue of the eyes by reading or looking at a computer or digital screen for too long. It is a common condition of the eyes when your eyes get tired and this condition can be annoying but it is not serious. Usually, it goes away when your eyes take a rest or you take some other steps to reduce eye distress.


Eyestrain signs and symptoms can make your eyes swell or puffy. Puffy eyes usually occur due to the tiredness of the eyes because of water retention. Only in some cases, the signs and symptoms of eyestrain need treatment that can indicate an underlying condition of the eyes.

Eyestrain Causes by a Computer or Digital Device

Intense use of computers and other digital devices screen is one of the most common causes of eyestrain. According to the American optometric association, people who look or stare at screens for two or more hours on daily basis have a great risk of this condition.

The use digital devices screens strains eyes more than reading print devices screens because people tend to blink less while using computers or digital screens and blinking is a process to moisturize the eyes.

Watching digital devices screens at less than ideal recommended distances and use those devices that have glare or reflection. Use devices screens at poor contrast or brightness between the text and background.

Computer eyestrain can cause eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision but in some rare cases. There are some other factors of a computer that can create a serious condition include:
  • Poor posture
  • Glare on your screen
  • Circulating air, such as from air conditioning
  • Setup of your computer workstation

Other Common Causes

  • Looking at digital device screens
  • Reading continuously without rest your eyes
  • Driving long distances or doing other activities involving intense focus or concentration.
  • Being exposed to bright light or glare
  • Try to see in very dim light
  • If you have an underlying eye problem
  • Being stressed
  • Being exposes to dry air moving from a fan or air conditioning system.


Eyestrain signs and symptoms include:
  • watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Swollen Eyelids
  • Double or blurry Vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headache
  • Burning or itchy eyes
  • Difficulty in concentration


Eyestrain conditions do not have any serious or long-term complications but they can be annoying and discomfort. It can minimize your ability to looking or concentrate or focus.

When to See a Doctor

If self-care steps don't relieve eyestrain then see a doctor to properly diagnose symptoms and treatment.


Your eye doctor will ask queries concerning eyestrains that might be causing your symptoms and after that, he will perform a proper exam including testing your vision.


Usually, treatment and remedies for eyestrains signs and symptoms depends on making changes in your daily habits or environment. Some people may need treatment for underlying eye complications.

Wearing glasses is prescribed for some people for specific activities such as the use of a computer for reading helps to reduce eyestrains. 

Your eye doctor may advise you to take regular eye rest to help your vision focus at various distances.

Home Remedies

There are some lifestyle tips or remedies that can reduce your eyestrains.

Adjust your lighting

When you are watching television or working on a computer adjust the lighting of the room it may comfort your vision.

Take Breaks

Take occasional breaks and rest your eyes while doing close work by looking at digital screens.

Decrease Screen Time

If you are in a habit of working on digital screens for more than two hours then decrease your screen time it will help to minimize eyestrain.

Use Artificial Tears

Over-the-counter artificial tears eye drops are a safe treatment for dry eyes. Use them until your eyes feel pleasant.

Your eye doctor may suggest you lubricating eye drops without preservatives that can be used as often as you need. If you are using eye drops including preservatives then don't use them more than four times a day. It may worsen dry eye symptoms.

Improve the Air Quality of Your Space

Some changes may help to prevent dry eyes such as use a humidifier, adjust the thermostat to reduce air blow and smoke. If you smoke, quitting it during treatment.

Choose the Right Eyewear for You

If you work at a computer every day you have to need glasses or contacts that are designed especially for computer works. Ask your optometrist about lens coating and tints that can help you.

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