Many people suffer eyestrain and irritated eyes daily while reading or using their computers for extended periods of time. They may just blame the dry climate of Colorado and not realize that many prescribed treatments are available to allow them more comfort and less fatigue. The first step in determining if eye therapy is indicated is to have a complete eye health and vision examination by your family optometrist. The result of this examination will determine if you need eyeglasses, eye muscle training, or treatment for a medical condition such as dry eye or oil gland dysfunction.
Low degrees of uncorrected far-sightedness and astigmatism can cause focusing problems and tired eyes. A person with clear vision may assume that they do not need glasses when indeed they do. Specially prescribed “computer lenses” may be recommended for your particular visual needs.
An eye evaluation will also determine if an eye muscle problem, such as a weakness of convergence is present. This condition can cause eye fatigue, blurry vision, and even double vision. A visual therapy program or corrective lenses with prism may be prescribed to relieve an eye muscle problem.
Certain medications, as well as age and gender, and prolonged time at the computer can result in redness, burning, stinging, itching, dryness, overly sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Over-the-counter eye drops may offer short-term relief but do not treat the underlying cause. They can even increase the symptoms if used too frequently or for too long a time. A specialized eyelid and tear evaluation by your optometrist can result in an effective treatment program addressing the cause of the eye irritation. Make an appointment today with your family optometrist to receive the proper treatment that will be tailored to your specific needs.
Author: Dr. Larry Sumner
3400 East Bayaud Ave, Denver CO