Eye Strain Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

With today’s frequent use of technological devices, eye strain is not an uncommon occurrence. Thankfully, eye strain usually isn’t too serious and can go away on its own by resting the eyes. However, sometimes eye strain can be a symptom of an underlying condition that requires treatment. If you’re experiencing eye strain, optometrists Reed Gibb, OD, and Chad Waggoner, OD, at Specs Appeal in St. George, Utah, can help. Call today for an appointment or schedule online

Eye Strain Q & A

What causes eye strain?

One of the most common causes of eye strain is extended use of computers or other digital devices. The American Optometric Association calls this computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. Some other common causes of eye strain include:

  • Reading continuously without pausing to rest your eyes
  • Driving long distances
  • Exposure to bright light or glare
  • Exposure to dry, moving air from a heating or air conditioning system
  • Being stressed or fatigued
  • Having an underlying eye condition, such as dry eyes or uncorrected vision
  • Straining to see in dim light

What are symptoms of eye strain?

Symptoms of eye strain can range in severity. They may include:

  • Sore, tired eyes
  • Burning or itching
  • Watery or dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Struggling to keep the eyes open
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased sensitivity to light

How is eye strain treated?

Treatment for eye strain usually consists of making adjustments to your daily habits and activities. Dr. Waggoner or Dr. Gibb may recommend you take breaks if you are frequently at the computer or driving long distances. Sometimes, wearing glasses for specific activities such as reading or being on a digital device can help.

When watching television or working on a computer, adjust the lighting in the room, so it’s softly lit. Try to avoid light that is glaring right into your eyes. Over-the-counter artificial tears can help if you are suffering from dry eyes. Improving the air quality in your home with a humidifier can help relieve eye strain.

When should I see a doctor for eye strain?

If you are experiencing eye strain and have tried some self-care measures at home that just aren’t helping, it may be helpful to get expert advice from Dr. Gibb or Dr. Waggoner. This is especially true if you start experiencing eye pain or discomfort, trouble seeing, or headaches. 

Be sure to keep a list of your symptoms so you can report them to your doctor. You may also want to keep a log of what activities you do daily so that your doctor can get to know your daily habits. 

You may want to ask Dr. Waggoner or Dr. Gibb for suggestions on what changes you can make to help with your eye strain. They may also check your vision to ensure no underlying vision problems are causing your eye strain.

If you are experiencing eye strain, the providers at Spec Appeal can help. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get your eyes examined.