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Eyestrain is not an accepted medical term but it is commonly used to describe discomfort or distress related to the prolonged use of the eyes and refers to fatigue of the extra-ocular muscle which keeps the eyes aligned.

What to look for
There may be a feeling of tightness around the eyes, difficulty in focusing on either distant or near objects or recurrent headaches, particularly in a band across the forehead and behind the eyes. Eye specialists believe that eyes cannot actually be damaged by overuse.

The following are traditionally believed to cause eyestrain: Incorrectly prescribed glasses at all when they are required. Intense periods of reading or close work. Constant use of a VDU screen. Watching television for long periods in the dark. Working in extremely bright or dim light.

When to seek further professional advice
Eyestrain can be self treated by simply resting your eyes. If it gets worse you should see a professional.

Alternative Treatment

Homeopathy: A homeopath practitioner would probably suggest specific remedies be taken.
Yoga: A yoga teacher would suggest gentle asana, relaxation, panorama, meditation and hard madras.
Alexander Technique: The Alexander Technique teaches a pupil to unlearn habits of overstraining.
Hypnotherapy would be aimed at relieving the source of the strain. Other therapies include: Kinesiology, Western Herbalism, Rolfing, Massage, Spiritual Healing, Hellerwork, Colour therapy, and metamorphic technique.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21