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Eye strain occurs from overuse of the eye muscles.

Eye strain occurs from overuse of the eye muscles.
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Eye strain

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It’s possible to strain your eye's muscles from overuse. This usually happens after reading, working at a computer screen or watching TV for a long time. You may have sore, itchy eyes and a headache.

Another common cause of eye strain is dry eye syndrome brought on by a lack of blinking when looking at screens for a long time, resulting in a lack of tear production.

You can help prevent eye strain by giving your eyes regular breaks from looking at the same object, such as a computer screen. This helps rest your eye muscles. Make sure you have enough light and that the room is humid enough to prevent your eyes from drying. Exercise your eyes by moving them around to focus on different objects in the room. Focus on things that are close to you then things that are far away.

Using artificial tears can prevent and relieve dry eyes. If you are suffering from eye strain regularly, you should get your eyes checked.

Last reviewed: November 2017

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