Visual fatigue, Digital fatigue & Ocular migraines

There are scores of people across the globe who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Many among them also experience certain vision related problems, which doctors believe have got to do more with brain dysfunction than anything else. Due to CFS, you may not be able to perceive the signals sent by the brain correctly, which can cause such a problem.

Eye Muscles function continuously while we are awake and indulge ourselves into a variety of activities. They get more strained during certain activities such as reading under dim light, watching television, working on computers, etc. This straining of eyes is termed as visual fatigue. More and more people are experiencing it these days due to change in lifestyle and work which includes computer work, gaming, reading e-books, etc. When you do not give your eyes adequate rest or break from these activities, you may start experiencing certain painful symptoms and can have an adverse impact on the health of your eyes. 

Some of the symptoms of visual fatigue are frequent headaches, tired or stinging eyes, backache, having a hard time focusing for long durations, etc. If you are experiencing these symptoms, then you must visit an eye specialist who would conduct an eye exam to figure out the exact cause and then suggest appropriate treatment which would also include lifestyle changes.

Digital Fatigue

Due to increased use of electronic devices such as computer, laptops, smartphones and gaming pads, kids these days are falling prey to both visual and digital fatigue. As kids continuously surround themselves with digital devices all the time, the percentage of kids suffering from myopia has increased significantly in the past couple of decades.

Eye specialists suggest following the 20-20-20 rule to avoid digital fatigue and vision problems caused due to the same. Simply put, the rule is about taking breaks after 20 minutes, focusing on objects that are at least 20 feet away for a period of around 20 seconds, if not more. This will prevent straining of the eye muscles and give eyes a bit of time to relax as well. In addition, they also recommend spending good amount of time outdoors as natural light relaxes the muscles of the eyes and keeps visual and digital fatigue at bay.

Ocular Migraines

Migraine is another health related issue that many people suffer from. It causes throbbing pain and brings along other sets of problem such as nausea and sensitivity to both light and noise. The migraine patients may also experience wavy lines or temporary blindness in worse case. It is also important to note that there are different types of migraines. Ocular migraines, for instance, doesn’t usually cause headache but can cause a lot of pain in the eyes. The main cause of this problem is inflammation and it usually affects one eye. Genetics plays an important role but there are also other causes such as smoking, glaring lights, inadequate sleep, stress, etc. which can contribute to ocular migraines.

If you are suffering from any of these problems, schedule an appointment at to undergo a thorough eye examination and get the required treatment in quick time.