Will eye strain damage my eyes?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 04, 2016
Bzb asked...

I have amblyopia since childhood (also glaucoma), have been a medical transcriptionist for 35 years. Now work has changed to mostly editing voice recognition drafts. I think I'm holding back from doing it quicker, because I don't trust my eyes to not miss something, plus I'm worried that zipping through the text quickly will hurt my eyes. I am noticing eye strain. I'm wondering if I'm damaging my eyes doing this.

Expert Answers

Lylas Mogk, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and director of the Henry Ford Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center in Grosse Pointe and Livonia, Michigan, and the author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight.

Using your eyes will not damage them; "eye strain" will not damage them. To relieve the strain, however, be sure you are blinking enough, look away from the material every 20 min or so for a couple minutes and, depending on your age, explore the option of reading glasses. The power of the reading glasses will depend on whether you are editing hardcopy documents on a desk or editing electronic documents on a computer scree. The computer screen is likely to be be a little farther away and would therefore require less power in reading glasses than for a desk.