Many of us who spend long days in front of a computer screen sometimes suffer from eye strain. Knowing that we need to complete our work despite symptoms of eye strain, most of us probably rub our eyes and keep on working. However, some of the most common eye strain symptoms can also be symptoms of other more serious vision or eye health problems. If you recognize that you are suffering from any of the below symptoms, you may need to see your eye doctor. Your prescription for glasses or contacts may be outdated, or you may be suffering from another undiagnosed problem.
Blurred vision: Blurry or hazy vision is sometimes associated with eye strain. It is also a symptom of both nearsightedness and farsightedness, and can indicate other problems such as the presence of eye disease or a light sensitivity. If you are frequently experiencing episodes of blurred vision, to be safe, make an appointment with your eye doctor.
Intense headaches: Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of eye strain. However, if you are experiencing intense, frequent headaches, these could be indicating a more serious issue with your vision. For example, some people may experience headaches due to an incorrect glasses prescription. In this case, you will want to discuss your prescription with an eye doctor and ensure it is accurate.
Burning sensation: Sometimes our eyes burn and water if we get irritants in them, such as sunscreen or shampoo. Burning eyes can also be attributed to allergies. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, you likely take medication to ease your symptoms during peak allergy season. However, if your eyes are burning for a reason you cannot identify, this may be a symptom of a more serious eye issue, like an infection or a condition such as dry eyes, of which burning eyes are an indicator. Your eye doctor can examine your eyes and help you determine the cause and a plan for treatment.
If you are unsure whether your eye strain symptoms may actually be indicating a more serious eye problem, contact your regular eye doctor or call LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland today.