Eye Strain (Asthenopia) Relief: Diagnosis and Treatment Options Eye Care January 16, 2024

Eye Strain (Asthenopia) Relief: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

In today’s day and age, where screens are an integral part of our daily lives, it is not surprising that many people experience eye strain, a condition characterized by discomfort or fatigue in and around the eyes. It often occurs after prolonged activities involving staring at digital screens, reading, or performing tasks requiring intense visual focus.

Our expert and dedicated team at Eyeonce Eye Clinic is committed to providing effective solutions for individuals with eye strain. Our ophthalmologists, Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom provide specialized services to address and alleviate this bothersome eye condition.

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Causes and Risk Factors

Here is a comprehensive breakdown of the causes and risk factors of eye strain:

Causes

  • Prolonged screen time – Staring at computer monitors, smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices for extended periods forces your eyes to focus intently on nearby objects. 
  • Poor lighting condition – Insufficient or harsh lighting can contribute significantly to eye strain. Inadequate lighting forces your eyes to work harder to focus on tasks, causing fatigue and discomfort.
  • Incorrect screen settings – Improper screen settings, including brightness, contrast, and font size, can strain your eyes. Unadjusted screens may lead to glare or too much contrast, causing visual discomfort.
  • Uncorrected vision problems – Individuals with uncorrected vision issues, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, are more prone to eye strain. When your eyes struggle to focus correctly, it can result in discomfort during visual tasks.
  • Blue light exposure – Exposure to blue light emitted by digital screens can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle and contribute to eye discomfort. Prolonged exposure, especially before bedtime, can lead to digital eye strain.

Risk factors

Some of the risk factors as to why individuals are likely to develop eye strain are as follows:

  • Occupation – Jobs that require long hours of computer use are more susceptible to developing eye strain.
  • Age – As we age, the eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects diminishes, making older individuals more prone to eye strain.
  • Screen distance – Incorrect distance from the screen can strain the eyes.
  • Lifestyle factors – Inadequate hydration, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep can exacerbate eye strain.

Eyeonce Eye Clinic understands the diverse causes and risk factors of eye strain. Our eye care professionals are dedicated to providing tailored solutions to alleviate discomfort and enhance eye health. Our comprehensive eye examinations and specialized services aim to address the specific needs of individuals facing eye strain, ensuring they can enjoy clear and comfortable vision in their daily lives.

Symptoms

Timely intervention is crucial in managing eye strain; additionally, one must be aware of its symptoms before it is too late.

  • Dryness or irritation in the eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Frequent headaches
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of eye strain, it is crucial to seek professional assistance. Eyeonce Eye Clinic specializes in diagnosing and addressing eye strain and related discomfort. Our team of experienced ophthalmologists conducts comprehensive eye examinations to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. They then provide personalized treatments and recommendations to alleviate eye strain and promote overall health.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing and treating eye strain is a meticulous process that involves the following:

Diagnosis

  • Comprehensive eye examination – This examination assesses the overall health of your eyes and checks for any underlying vision problems that may contribute to eye strain. It involves various tests to evaluate visual acuity, eye movement, and eye coordination.
  • Discussion of symptoms and lifestyle – Eyeonce values patient communication, so we take the time to listen to our patient’s concerns. This way, we will gather detailed information about your lifestyle and work habits, allowing us to tailor our diagnosis and treatment recommendations to your needs.
  • Specialized tests – In some cases, specialized tests may be conducted to evaluate specific aspects of your visual function, such as eye coordination, focusing ability, or eye muscle strength. 

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with eye strain, the following treatment options may be considered:

  • Prescription eyewear – Eyeglasses or contact lenses can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, contributing to eye strain. Our eye doctors at Eyeonce prescribe customized eyewear solutions to ensure clear and comfortable vision, reducing the effort your eyes need to focus.
  • Blue light-filtering lenses – Eyeonce Eye Clinic provides blue-light-filtering lenses that can be integrated into your prescription eyeglasses or offered as protective eyewear. This treatment aims to reduce the impact of digital screens on your eye health.
  • Vision therapy and eye exercises – Our clinic offers personalized vision therapy and eye exercise programs. Our experienced optometrists evaluate your needs and develop customized regimens to strengthen your eye muscles and improve focus.
  • Ergonomic adjustments – Eyeonce provides practical advice on optimizing your workspace to minimize eye strain. Our recommendations encompass proper monitor positioning, lighting adjustments, and good posture to enhance eye comfort.
  • Lifestyle changes – Our clinic offers holistic guidance on lifestyle changes to support eye health. We emphasize the importance of hydration, nutrition, and sleep for optimal eye comfort. We also provide strategies to incorporate regular screen breaks into your daily routine.

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Why choose Eyeonce Eye Clinic Gangnam for eye strain treatment?

Utmost Patient Care

Our eye care professionals and staff ensure to give you your money’s worth. We guarantee you receive the best medication possible and assure you that you are guided and understood, making you feel comfortable and confident at every step. 

Comprehensive Consultation

Eyeonce Eye Clinic offers comprehensive eye examinations to evaluate your condition and determine the best eye strain treatment. Our ophthalmologists take their time to cater to your questions and address your concerns, ensuring you make an informed decision about our vision correction options.

Expert Eye Doctors

Our ophthalmologists, Head Director Dr. Paik Dong Won and Medical Director Dr. Jung Sae Rom, are highly knowledgeable and adept in treating eye strain. They always use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Prolonged and unmanaged eye strain can contribute to vision problems, but it is usually reversible with proper care.

While complete elimination may be challenging, following preventive measures can significantly reduce eye stress.

Yes. Exercises like palming and focusing on distant objects can help relax eye muscles.

Conclusion

Understanding and alleviating eye strain is vital for maintaining good eye health, especially in our digital age. By following the tips and preventive measures given by Eyeonce Eye Clinic’s expert eye doctors, you can significantly reduce the discomfort and fatigue of eye strain. Book an appointment with them today and enjoy a stress-free vision!

For patients who have had treatment
with us in the past, anyone you refer will get their eye exam for free (value 200 000KRW) and a loyalty discount