Eye health is so important. Most of us stare at screens for hours on end every single day. This can lead to eye fatigue which makes us feel tired, and adds to the sensations in our eyes, such as stinging, burning, itching or tiredness. If you wear glasses, you may have found that this helps but sometimes it doesn’t. You may need to get another eye test to ensure that you have the right lens. In addition to this, you should also consider looking at National Vision Administrators for choosing the best pair of glasses.
My eyes burn, why is this?
Burning eyes is a common problem that many ophthalmologists face. Many patients describe feeling blue in the eyes, a small bone or foreign body stuck in the eye cavity, a burning sensation in the eye, red eyes, sensitivity to touch and swelling. You may have read on the internet that screens can also cause this problem. There are several factors that can cause a burning sensation in the eye.
Dry eyes – Dry eyes are caused by insufficient production of tears, or the tears are not of sufficient quality – they are watery and do not contain enough fat (referring to tears whose function is to moisten the eye and not to tears that fall as an expression of an emotional response).
Ocular Inflammation – Inflammation can damage the conjunctiva and membrane that covers the eye and cause burning in the eyes. It is usually a viral infection but sometimes the source of the inflammation may be a bacterium. In this case the disease will be more severe and the treatment more intensive and may include antibiotics.
Allergy – The causes of many allergies – cat and dog fur, feathers, rashes, air pollution, exposure to chemicals and of course nutrition. An allergic reaction of the body may develop into eye inflammation.
Hormonal changes – Pregnancy, adolescence, menopause or any other cause of changes in the level of estrogen and progesterone in the body can be manifested, among other things, in burns in the eyes.
Smoking – Among the other harms of smoking to the body are also a number of eye problems, including stinging eyes. The body develops an allergic reaction to nicotine that is expressed in the same burn in the eye.
Contact lenses – Prolonged use of contact lenses impairs the oxygen supply to the cornea and reduces its sensitivity, which lowers the amount of tears produced in the eyes – hence the burning in the eyes.
This is why it is important to get regular eye tests to ensure that you are doing all that you can to keep your eyes in their best health. Blurry eyes and tired eyes can lead to feeling anxious, exhausted, irritable and stressed. This is not good for our health. Therefore, take regular breaks, focus on objects in the distance in between looking on the screen and also bathe your eyes when possible. Resting your eyes is also important; and if you have had headaches because of blue light, you should consider looking at glasses to block this light out.
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