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Eye Strain/Fatigue

Eye fatigue is a common problem experienced by many people who spend a lot of time doing near work, such as reading, working on a computer, or using a smartphone. It can also be experienced by people with presbyopia, which is a natural age-related condition that makes it harder to focus on close objects.

Symptoms of eye fatigue can include:

  • Eye strain or discomfort

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Dry eyes

  • Double vision


There are several things you can do to help reduce eye fatigue:

  • Take regular breaks: It's important to take frequent breaks from near work to give your eyes a chance to relax. The 20-20-20 rule is a helpful guideline: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.

  • Adjust your workstation: Make sure that your computer screen or book is at a comfortable distance from your eyes, and that the lighting is not too bright or too dim.

  • Blink more often: People tend to blink less when they are focusing on near work, which can lead to dry eyes. Try to blink more often to keep your eyes moist.

  • Use artificial tears: Over-the-counter artificial tears can help to lubricate the eyes and relieve dryness and discomfort.

  • If you have presbyopia, wearing reading glasses or progressive lenses can help to improve your ability to focus on near objects.


It's important to consult with an optometrist to rule out any other underlying conditions that could be causing the eye fatigue and to determine the best course of treatment for your individual condition.

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