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What is eye strain / asthenopia?

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Eye strain / asthenopia are terms which refer to a group of symptoms related to the experience of discomfort felt when viewing something, often for prolonged periods. Although often painful, eye strain does not lead to permanent damage to the eye.The symptoms of eye strain are many and varied and may include;

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Painful or sore eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Back and neck aches
  • Muscle spasms

Most, if not all, symptoms of eye strain are easily remedied, however if these symptoms become persistent or worsen it is advisable that you visit your optometrist as soon as possible.

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