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Dr. Dan B.
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My son says his eyes hurt every time he tries to read letters

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My son says his eyes hurt every time he tries to read letters or numbers - but only reading letters or numbers, not pictures - why would this be? Thank you!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello and thanks for your question. And how long is it taking once he starts reading before he starts to complain of this? How long has it been happening? What kind of pain? Burning, aching, pressure? Does this happen when he's reading things at a distance (TV)?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello -
It happens instantly and has been going on for about three weeks. He had eye surgery for strabismus as a child (15 years ago) and continues to use a prism in his glasses. We've had his eyes checked recently and they said all was fine - suggested he just rest his eyes intermittently. However, the pain (which feels like straining to him) happens as soon as he even tries to read either letters or numbers - close up or far away. Prior to three weeks ago, he was reading fine. Could it be a virus or something like that? Thank you, again!