When people think of eye fatigue, they often think of the nighttime, after your eyes have been working all day. However, if you've noticed the opposite -- that your vision is pretty good at night, but blurry or unfocused during the day -- it might be due to your habits. Read on to discover what you could be doing to your eyes and how to make it easier for yourself.
The Shape of the Eye
When people think about eyes, they probably think that it's a round shape and unchanging. However, that's not actually true. When you force your eyes to focus in order to read, the eye shape can temporarily change. These changes can distort your vision and make it appear blurry, unfocused, or even induce headaches. This is the main reason why people experience vision issues during the day when they're working, studying, or simply reading for pleasure.
Scientists have known that the change of the eye shape has been a factor for many years, but the influence of computers and phones has made the problem worse. While a few decades ago you might have come home from work and your eyes would rest for the rest of the evening, chances are you're looking at some type of screen most of the evening and night.
This continues the strain on your eyes and can cause you to experience blurred vision day and night. While many people are concerned that blurry vision means that their prescription has changed or that their eyes are unhealthy, it may simply be that your eyes remain in their new shape after you're done reading and aren't given a chance to reset.
Managing the Problem
The easiest way to deal with this problem is to rest your eyes frequently. It's suggested that you rest your eyes on a regular basis anyway, so if you don't have a regimen already, it's a good idea to start.
To rest your eyes, take a few minutes to simply blink and stop looking at the screen or reading surface. Blinking lets your eyes lubricate themselves, which can help with blurriness and irritation. It's also advised to try looking farther into the distance for a few minutes to reset your eyes' muscles so that they don't remain strained.
Your eyes aren't a machine that can work endlessly without care. Plan on taking breaks and give yourself a break if you're experiencing vision blurriness after reading for a prolonged period of time. Giving your eyes the rest that they need could greatly improve your vision in the daytime and evenings, so spend less time on your computer and phone screens while at home and give yourself plenty of time to relax your eyes while you're at work.
For more information, contact your local natural eye care service.
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