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

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 associations, people who look or stare at screens
for two or more hours on daily basis have a great risk of this
The use of digital devices screens strain 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
Watching digital devices screens at less than ideal recommended distances and using 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:
  • Looking at digital device screens
  • Reading continuously without resting 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 exposed to dry air moving from a fan or air conditioning


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 long-term complications but they can be annoying and discomfort. It
can minimize your ability to looking or
concentrates or focuses.

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

Adjust your lighting

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

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 lubricate eye drop 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 using a humidifier, adjusting
the thermostat to reduce air blow and smoke. If you smoke, quit
it during treatment.

Choose the Right Eyewear for You

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