from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pain and fatigue of the eyes, often accompanied by headache, resulting from prolonged use of the eyes, uncorrected defects of vision, or an imbalance of the eye muscles.

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  • n. tiredness or pain in the eyes, sometimes accompanied by headache, caused by excessive or improper use of the eyes, or by uncorrected defects of vision

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  • n. a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem


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eye +‎ strain


  • I've been submerged with Guide proofreading, a semi-annual communal exercise in eyestrain and Twizzlers and chocolate-fueled mania; yesterday I couldn't stop calling everyone "enthusiasts" after reading the word one too many times.

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  • Can’t stand the eyestrain from a fluourescent bulb.


  • I am unsure what kind of eyestrain the iPad would cause however.

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  • On-screen graphics require special attention, while issues such as eyestrain need to be given serious consideration.


  • We have learned that the interface between people and machine (sedentary work) is inherently corrosive, producing cumulative health problems such as eyestrain, fatigue, repetitive stress injuries, chronic low back disorders, constriction of blood flow and breathing, and neck and shoulder strain.


  • While computers have no known harmful effects on eyesight, computer users do often complain of eye related symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, dry eyes, and difficulty focusing, These symptoms (Computer Vision Syndrome - CVS) however are caused not by the computer screen itself but rather by the conditions surrounding the computer screen, such as poor lighting or improper placement of computer equipment and computer furniture.

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  • Here the exhibit's catalogue, named by American Photo Magazine as one of the best photography books of the year, comes in handy, allowing one to revisit without stooping or eyestrain or peering over the heads of other viewers, the nearly 140 photographs that comprise the show.

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  • "The top one-third of the monitor should be above eye level, both to decrease eyestrain and to prevent hunching forward," he says.

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  • Designer Teo Braun added a light-sensitive frame that illuminates in the dark to reduce eyestrain.

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  • I purchased a large-sized reader last summer with the hope that it would offer me some of the advantages of reading a book or a magazine without giving me the added eyestrain of a computer.

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