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November 24, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
I stare at the computer all day for work, and I stare at it at home for recreation and to further my career-change efforts. In the last year or so, though, I've developed intermittent eye strain that makes it almost impossible to do my job or to make any progress on changing careers.
posted by indognito to health & fitness (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
From time to time, looking at the computer for even brief periods (three to four hours) will result in agony for the next several days to a week. I don't have these issues all the time, but when I do it's a problem. For instance, despite using a computer for only about three to four hours a day over the lat several days, this morning my eyes are in misery, which is bad because I'd hoped to get some work done today. I'm looking at the keyboard as I type, because I can hardly bear to look at the screen.
I went to the optometrist last month, explained my problems, got a new pair of glasses with anti-glare lens, with no change in my symptoms. The glasses also have a "prism," to correct a lifelong issue with a lazy eye. It likes to drift when I get tired. Despite the lazy eye, I've never had problems with eye strain like this until the last year or so.
Could it be the fact that, for the last four years or so, I've taken one to two Benadryl every night in order to fall asleep? I know that this is not good, and am trying to break the habit, but have had insomia for my entire life and Benadryl is the only thing that lets me sleep for longer than seven hours. The reason I suspect this drug is because I've read that it dries your whole system out, and I notice my eye problems are worse when I'm tired or haven't gotten enough sleep.
The eye strain comes on only when looking at a computer screen. Reading a book, even on my Kindle (old school), does not have this effect.
Thanks for any advice you have!