What to Do When You Have Problems With Your Vision

If you work on computers all day and well into the night like I do, you probably have some issues with your eyes. I used to have 20/20 vision until a few years ago. I couldn't see the small print on my computer screen, even after I adjusted the monitor's settings. Sometimes, everything would appear blurry or out of focus. Eventually, I sought help from an eye doctor. The doctor diagnosed me with computer vision syndrome and prescribed eyeglasses to correct it. Now, I rest my eyes as much as possible when I work. I wanted to help other people with their vision problems, so I started this blog. My blog offers many tips on how to improve your eyesight, as well as what to do when your vision fails. Good luck with your vision problems and thanks for stopping in.

What Does It Mean When Your Eyes Are Always Burning?


Every day, many Americans wake up, go to work and come home while trying to ignore their dry, burning eyes. This common affliction may seem minor, but it can have serious consequences for your personal and professional life. Not only can the constant irritation of burning eyes leave you both looking and feeling fatigued, but it can also point to a more serious condition that may significantly impact your ocular health. These are four possible causes behind your burning eyes, though you should still schedule an eye exam with your optometrist for a professional diagnosis. 

Environmental Irritants

Irritants such as pollen, smoke and dander can irritate your sinuses, leading to inflammation and possible dryness. If you suffer from allergies, you will likely experience burning eyes once or twice per year. Managing the symptoms of your allergy and avoiding contact with the irritant in question can help you protect your eyes and prevent the burning. When allergens are unavoidable, moisturizing drops can offer temporary relief. 

Eye Infections

Any time your eyes are red and aching, infection should not be ruled out. Eye infections are easy to pick up, but they may be hard to notice until you wake up one morning with your eye swollen shut. Other symptoms of eye infections include watery discharge from the eye, fever, blurred vision and light sensitivity. Mild infections may resolve themselves on their own, but prolonged infections must be treated with antibiotics to ensure that there is no lasting damage. 

Improper Contact Lens Care

Occasionally, patients who wear contact lenses may experience burning when they leave their lenses in for too long. This burning can also occur if your lenses are improperly fitted or if your eyes are simply too sensitive for that style of lens. Take your contact lenses out every night to give your eyes a much-needed break and allow them to hydrate again. In cases where proper care is not enough, speak to your optometrist about changing your prescription to lenses designed for sensitive eyes. 

Underlying Medical Conditions

Although it is rare, burning eyes may also be an indication of a deeper medical issue. Some of these possible conditions, like ocular rosacea, are relatively harmless. Others, however, such as uveitis, can quickly lead to blindness. For this reason, you should always schedule an eye exam with your optometrist when your eyes are burning and environmental irritants are not the cause. By catching the problem quickly, you can ensure your future comfort and potentially even save your vision. Talk to an optometrist today or click here for more information.


10 February 2016