I did some moderate speed reading over the weekend and immediately noticed eye strain build up. This was Saturday and I still feel it today (Monday). I’ve noticed that whenever I speed read, I get strain like this. I’m trying to figure out why it happens. Is it just something normal about speed reading in general, or is there another reason?
Here’s the details. I spent about an hour going fast through a text by taking in 4-5 words at a glance, about two fixations per line. The lighting was good. I did a bit of print pushing by keeping the text at the edge of blur, though not excessive. I figure this may be one cause of strain.
I’m a low myope (Around -2.5 range) and I didn’t wear any lenses while reading. But I do have astigmatism of -0.25 to -0.5, stronger in the left eye. I also have a spherical L/R difference in the same range, again the left eye is weaker. And whenever I get eye strain it’s usually worse in the left eye. This is making me wonder if the uncorrected astigmatism and L/R difference may be adding to the eye strain. Maybe these small differences get more pronounced with speed reading and any kind of precision close up in general. When I’m doing distance vision, these differences don’t seem to matter. But it’s a different story with close-up. @jakey suggested that some people may just be more sensitive and that seems right. Does anyone else have a similar experience to any of the above?
I’m considering getting reading glasses that just correct for the astigmatism and L/R difference. The goal is to eliminate eye strain as much as possible. Has anyone tried something similar?
I actually dropped astigmatism early on from all my lenses, but I think I might need to add it back in.