"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WOTW: Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis:  noun, inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, a transparent membrane in the eye; also known as pink eye.

I found myself researching this condition this week as my eye was hurting and a little bloodshot.  I am now reassured that I am not suffering from pink eye.  I believe my symptoms were due to eye strain.

It all began while playing a video game with my hubby.  The strain of looking for both danger and treasure started to tire my eyes.  My right eye, especially, started watering and I couldn't keep it open.  By Sunday evening my eye was killing me, and I was a little worried.  I have good vision and I care deeply about my eyes.  I use them daily for reading, knitting, crocheting, beading...  The list goes on and on.  I dread the day when I may have to wear reading glasses in order to do the things I love to do.

On Monday, I started limiting my screen time in an effort to help my eyes.  I only read in the morning before leaving for work, instead of my usual 3 or 4 times a day.  I avoided the computer and my tablet at work as much as possible.  When I got home, I stayed away from the video game and left the TV turned off.  My eye felt a lot better by Tuesday.

I am beginning to wonder if the increase in screen time in my life is affecting my eyes.  Could the use of my Kindle for reading be straining my eyes more than a paper book?  I have turned the brightness down significantly on my Kindle, and that seems to help.

Do you use an e-reader or tablet?  Have you noticed any extra strain on your eyes?


  1. My eye doctor has cautioned me to only read on-screen or with e-readers for 20-30 minutes at a time, and then get up and look away at something else for a while.