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Do your eyes become fatigued after reading for 15 to 20 minutes?

Asked by mitochondrian (138points) November 6th, 2011

I think I have what is called visual fatigue because my eyes feel tired after 15 to 20 minutes of reading. It is frustrating because I would like to read for a longer time than that before I need a break or end up just falling asleep on my couch while reading.
Does any one know what to do about this? I’m not quite sure I need to see an eye doctor yet and I don’t have insurance anyway.
Would low strength reading glasses help with the feeling of visual fatigue? The page I’m reading does get blurry and it is hard to focus after 15 to 20 minutes, I have to blink a lot, look away, set the book down or hold the book closer and turn up the dimmer on my lamp. I will be 30 in a few months, so maybe it’s just part of aging. Thank you for your responses.

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