It is normal for your eyes to get slightly tired once in a while after a long and busy day at work. However, if this occurs frequently, it is necessary to find out why and get the problem treated.
Here are three reasons why your eyes may feel tired at the end of a work day
Mild Refractive Errors
A lot of people with mild refractive errors (e.g. myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) do not experience symptoms under relaxed conditions. However, after spending the day looking at small prints on paper or a digital device, their eyes feel tired.
Staring at tiny prints or performing other visually demanding tasks makes the eyes do more work than they can comfortably do with mild refractive error; thereby leading to tired eyes at the end of the day.
Digital Eye Strain
Digital devices can put a strain on the eye and make the eyes feel tired. Compared to working with papers, the eye does more work with digital devices. The eyes move back and forth, adjust to changes on the screen as it is scrolled up and down and also tries to cope with the glare and flashes from the screen. These demands on the eyes can stress the eye, especially if a refractive error is present or the individual adopts poor digital device habits like working long hours without breaks or not blinking adequately. Learn more about digital eye strain.
Dry eye is a condition in which the surface of the eyes are not properly lubricated due to poor tear quality or quantity. Symptoms include burning, itching, gritty sensation, redness and tearing (which occurs to compensate for dryness)
Many people who have dry eyes are usually fine in the morning but as they get busy, they begin to experience symptoms and by the end of the day, their eyes are tired and sore.
If your eyes frequently feel tired at the end of the day and you need help relieving these symptoms book an appointment to see the eye doctor.