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I am 18 years old and have headache, eyestrain & feel fatigued while performing tasks at close range. Why does it happen?

These symptoms can be because of refractive error, it is recommended to get an Eye Check-up done to rule out the possibility of any refractive error. By using required correction your symptoms will be taken care.

Inability of the eye muscles to keep the eyes in converged position while doing near work may result in these above mentioned symptoms. Consult your Optometrist and he may suggest you convergence exercises to be done at home or in clinic.

Prolonged computer usage/near work without proper rest/ breaks can lead to these symptoms. Usually eye fatigue can be prevented or reduced by making simple changes in your work habits or environment along with adequate eye glasses if you use any.

  • Make changes to your computer screen, such as:
    • Place the screen 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level
    • Choose screens that tilt and swivel.
    • Consider using a glare filter over your screen.
  • Make changes to your work environment, such as:
    • Change lighting to reduce glare and harsh reflections.
    • Use an adjustable chair.
  • Make changes to your work habits, such as:
    • Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.
    • Post a note that says "Blink" on the computer as a reminder.
  • Regular Eye checkup:
    • Every after 1 year do your eye checkup, and use the prescribed prescription with optimum coating on lens.
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