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Old 07-17-2009, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Eyestrain/dizziness with reading

Is anyone else like this? When I was in my teens I used to read 8-10 hours straight, only taking food and bathroom breaks. Now I can barely read 15-20 mins straight without having to take a break either from dizziness or eyestrain. And it builds up. So I can only read for a few hours each day total. Which sucks cause I seriously love to read. BTW I'm only 24, so it's not like my vision is failing from age.

Nausea and dizziness I know can be related to vision problems like the wrong prescription glasses. I've had my eyes checked though and tried both reading glasses and normal glasses. Neither has really helped. But my first prescription was way off, so it's possible I still haven't gotten the appropriate glasses.

I also get eyestrain from driving or watching TV for too long without breaks. Somewhere in the range of 2-4 hours straight. Though I think that's fairly normal.

I've heard about some vision exercises and "vision therapy" but it sounds like a bunch of bull. Anyone have any experiences with these?
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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when was the last time you were at the ophthalmologist? note I said ophthalmologist and not optometrist.

I have to go see one soon. I used to go every year, but I have not done so in about 4 years at least. I need to get new glasses as well since my vision for reading has gotten impaired when looking through my glasses. thanks, I'm making an appointment now.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One thing to try starting with:

Anything you do that's nearsighted (tv, computer, reading), use the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, shift your gaze at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Remember: using your vision in close range has your eyes geared up tightly; it's when we look at distances (and in darkness) that relaxes the muscles.

Other than that, there are yogic eye exercises, but I don't know how well they work. They involve repeated things such as looking up and then down, looking left and then right, doing a circular motion, and looking near and then far. Do these 10 or 12 times each exercise. Use your thumb as a close focal point for the distance exercise.

There might be a problem with your prescription though, as you hinted at. So be sure to rule that out first.

Also consider stress management. Strain can result from tension as well.
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The vision exercises are not bull. What you do (besides what B_G said) is also cup your eyes while open in order to see complete darkness (utter nothingness), gaze into the horizon and close them for 10 seconds or so. It simply relaxes the muscles because as explauined above, they are fixed at one position for lengthy amounts of time.

Time to break out the broken record. Dude, what is your exercise like? No seriously, exercise does relieve stress and cures pretty much common ailments e.g. colds, headaches, aches in general etc etc. If yiour not eating right look into vitamins and shakes.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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