September 30, 2011
What can be done about eye strain that won’t go away?
Well, for the vast majority of cases, my sense is that it is due to a combination of (a) inflammation (either auto-immune or otherwise) and (b) bacterial growth in the mebomian glands. It is NOT directly caused by computers, but indirectly (through reduced blinking which reduces the disposal of bacteria).
What happens is that as a result, the tear film is disrupted and dries off very quickly, exposing the cornea to the air. Now, the cornea has one of the most dense set of nerves, and these nerves scream when exposed to raw air.
Eye strain CAN be cured (in my case the levels of pain and burning have reduced from 9 out of 10 to around 1 out of 10. I'm almost normal now, except for a few minor episodes when the sensations increase slightly up to 4 out of 10.