What is eyestrain and how can it limit your practice?
Eyestrain is a common condition that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use. In the oral cavity, operating sites are usually small and poorly illuminated. Under these conditions, the human eye can be deceptive when seeing fine important details leading to clinical errors that could have been foreseen when using magnifying loupes. Struggling to see into the patient’s mouth with indirect vision can also cause:
– Sore neck, shoulders, or back from poor posture
– Burning or itching eyes
– Blurred or double vision
– Increased sensitivity to light
– Difficulty concentrating
– Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open
– General increased fatigue
Eyestrain can be unpleasant and disruptive to your ability to focus and perform at our best. The symptoms of eye strain may lead to physical fatigue, decreased productivity, increased numbers of work errors, and anxiety.