I have experienced this now for couple times and need to get something done about it. In parties with friends, I shoot friends and family indoors. Light is sometimes sufficient and sometimes not. I take around 200 shots over 3-4 hours maximum. Next day onwards I start having pain in both eyes and especially more in left eye. I realized that pain starts right in party in left eye and that's because I close left eye and keep right open to look through viewfinder. What could I do to avoid this? I don't want to use liveview for some reason.

And by the way, I hold a Canon T2i with 18-55, 55-250 kit and 85/f1.8 prime lens, if that info is helpful.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you seen a doctor? \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Mar 19, 2012 at 16:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ My eyes only get sore when I look through the lens at bright lights and if I really pinch my left eye really closed really hard \$\endgroup\$
    – fluf
    Mar 19, 2012 at 16:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @dpollitt Nope...have not seen a doc yet! I have a pair of glasses since I was almost a kid, but eye pain started only lately! What I was specially looking for was if other photographers do something better than I do in terms of technique? \$\endgroup\$ Mar 19, 2012 at 16:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's been over a year since this post. I wonder if @vishal.biyani needed a doctor, or did the thing go away by itself, with rest? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 30, 2013 at 7:26

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Keep both eyes open.

The strain of squinting or closing an eye over time can be very stressful and headaches are common.


How can one learn to shoot with both eyes open, and what are the advantages?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Also, if your camera has it, adjust the eyepiece dipoter control to match your vision. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 19, 2012 at 20:00

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