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?