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Q. I am experiencing eye strain from overusing computers. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 01, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 07, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am a 35 year old woman, and I have tested 20/20 vision all my life. I believe I am experiencing eye strain from overuse of computer, but unfortunately, I cannot cut down on my computer use because it is integral to my profession. My symptom is a slightly blurry vision, which begins at 6 to 8 feet from my eyes, it feels worse after using computers. However, recently a friend offered to let me try on her very light prescription glasses, which made my vision clear. My vision gets tired and blurry when I use a computer, but my vision was clear when I went on a vacation. If I start wearing glasses to correct blurriness, will my eyes adjust to the glasses and get worse? Thank you.

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  • A 20/20 vision does not rule out a refractive error. A lot of people have small numbers or latent hyperopia. This usually can be made to manifest by cycloplegic refraction or by fogging.
  • Small errors may need to be corrected if you use computers for a longer time. Also, similar asthenopic symptoms occur due to computer vision syndrome. So, try doing the following:
  1. Frequent blinking while working on laptops and other screens.
  2. Look into the distance every half an hour to relax your eye muscles.
  3. Use lubricating drops to keep your eyes moist.
  4. Use anti-glare glasses if using too bright lights.

I hope this helps. Contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist to arrive at a solid conclusion.

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