Relief From Eye Discomfort
3 Causes of Eye Discomfort
Irritated eyes can leave you feeling tired, uncomfortable and frustrated, but the unfortunate truth is eye discomfort is very common among adults. What’s even more frustrating is that eye discomfort can lead to a 20% loss in productivity. Luckily, it can be highly treatable. That’s why it’s important to see your local eye care professional for an accurate diagnosis and solution. There are a number of causes for eye discomfort, especially in the winter when many effects from eye discomfort can be heightened. Here are three common reasons your eyes might not be feeling their best and the steps you can take to find relief:
1. Blue light exposure.
Did you know prolonged exposure to blue light emitted by electronic devices you and your family use every day—like cell phones, tablets, and computers—can have harmful side effects? This can range from minor symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and blurred vision, to more serious effects.
For preventative measures, make sure to lower the brightness on your devices and take breaks from your screen every so often to reduce strain. The rule most eye doctors recommend is the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. However, another great solution is to get BluTech lenses that filter out harmful blue light.
2. Dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome occurs when a lack of moisture leaves your tears unable to adequately lubricate your eyes. Symptoms can range with severity. Some include: burning, itching, soreness, redness, fatigue and light sensitivity. These symptoms are especially bad during dry winter months. Thankfully, the solution is simple. After a quick checkup, your eye doctor will be able to prescribe medication, eye drops or recommend over-the-counter artificial tears.
3. Eye allergies.
We’ve all experienced itchy or red eyes during the fall or spring when allergens run rampant. Even during winter, indoor allergies can be equally tough. These eye allergies are caused by small airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold. There are many things you can do to reduce sensitivity such as using allergy eye drops or taking antihistamine. However, the most important thing you can do is refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes. This can lead to abrasions, scarring and other problems. Contact your eye doctor to see how you can prevent eye allergy symptoms and keep your sight sharp during allergy season.
These are just three common eye ailments. If you are showing signs of any of the aforementioned issues or any other symptoms that concern you, make sure to schedule an eye exam* with your optometrist as soon as possible. As the new year is just around the corner, it may be the perfect time to use your leftover vision benefits, as many plans expire at the end of the year. There’s no reason you can’t get back to seeing life the way it should be. Schedule your eye exam*.