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Eye strain is a term that is often used to describe aching or discomfort in the eyes. Although this is not a medical term and physicians do not accept the popular belief that the eyes can be damaged by being used, there are several known activities that create symptoms of specific disorders that are often mistaken as what is popularly called eye strain. The most common eye disorder that causes pain and redness in the eyes is conjunctivitis. The redness is due to the dilation of the superficial or conjunctival blood vessels. With conjunctivitis the pain is similar to that caused by grit in the eye. Uveitis is another common cause that is symptomized by a dull, aching pain that may be due to swelling within the front of the eye and spasms in the muscles around the iris. If the pain and redness are in one eye, causes nausea, vomiting, halos or blurred vision it could be acute close angle glaucoma. In any case the presence of pain and redness in one or both eyes requires examination by a physician so the cause can be properly treated.

In many cases the pain and redness will occur for a short time and then completely stop. This is often the case with people who use computers on a regular basis or do small detailed work of any kind. Grape seed extract is known to have an impact on even the tiniest blood vessels. Recent studies have shown that grape seed extract benefits the circulation in the eye. It is often recommended as a supplement to combat macular degeneration and cataracts which are two of the most common causes of blindness in older people. One study has shown the 300 milligrams of grape seed extract taken daily for 60 days reduced the eye strain associated with computer monitor work and improved contrast vision. Resting with slices of raw cucumber or raw potato over the eyes has also proved to relieve eye strain. One of the best treatments for what is called eye strain is to rest the eyes. Place a clean, cool, wet wash cloth over the eyelids and rest for no less than 15 minutes to relieve the pain.

If you find that the problem is conjunctivitis the treatment will depend on the cause. If the eye or eyes have a discharge the eyelids should be gently bathed with tap water an a clean wash cloth. If there is any bacterial infection your physician will prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. In cases of allergic or viral conjunctivitis antibiotics will not help. Antihistamines taken orally may relieve the itching and irritation, but when it does not corticosteriod eye drops will give the needed relief. Since infective conjunctivitis is highly contagious, be sure to wash the hands before and after bathing the eye or applying any medications. Keep all towels and wash cloths that touch the eye separate from other linens. When your physician has diagnosed your eye problem to be uveitis he will prescribe corticosteriods and drugs to dilate the pupils. In some cases other drugs are given to treat specific causes such as anti-infectives to eliminate bacteria or parasites.