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The Connection Between Screen Time and Dry Eye

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Alleviating Digital Eye Strain for Comfortable Vision

Do your eyes feel dry, irritated, or fatigued after a lengthy day spent scrolling through social media, tackling a barrage of emails, or streaming your favorite content? If so, you might be wondering whether screen time could be the culprit behind these discomforts.

Indeed, while digital devices have brought convenience, they've also introduced a new challenge for eye health: digital eye strain, which is often accompanied by dry eye symptoms.

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Understanding Digital Eye Strain and Its Link to Dry Eyes

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Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a condition that arises when you spend extended periods gazing at screens. Its symptoms include dry eyes, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches.

Several factors contribute to dry eyes during prolonged screen use:

  • Reduced Blink Rate

    While focusing on screens, people tend to blink less frequently. This reduced blink rate can lead to reduced tear production and increased tear evaporation, resulting in dry eyes.

  • Blue Light Exposure

    Digital screens emit blue light, disrupting the circadian rhythm. Disrupted sleep, in turn, can contribute to dry eye symptoms.

  • Poor Posture

    Incorrect screen placement or poor posture can cause you to open your eyes wider, increasing exposure to air and tear evaporation.

  • Reduced Blink Quality

    Frequent screen time can lead to incomplete blinks, where the upper and lower eyelids do not meet fully, causing inadequate tear film spreading and reduced oil secretion from meibomian glands.


The Effects of Excessive Screen Time on Children's Eyes

Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a condition that arises when you spend extended periods gazing at screens. Its symptoms include dry eyes, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches.

Several factors contribute to dry eyes during prolonged screen use:

  • Eye Fatigue and Discomfort

    Excessive screen time can lead to eye fatigue, causing discomfort, reduced vision clarity, and headaches. Children may also lose interest in activities like reading due to eye strain .

  • Dry and Irritated Eyes

    Long screen sessions can result in dry and irritated eyes, as prolonged screen focus reduces blinking frequency. Maintaining a stable tear film on the eye's surface is crucial for clear vision, especially for children adapting to screens designed for adults.

  • Reduced Focus Flexibility

    Children who spend extended periods focusing on screens may struggle to adjust to distance vision afterward. Although this is usually a short-term issue, it highlights the importance of balanced screen time and outdoor activities.

  • Risk of Developing Myopia

    Excessive indoor screen time deprives children of essential natural daylight exposure, impacting their eye development. Studies suggest a link between increased indoor time and a higher risk of nearsightedness (myopia) in children. Balancing screen use with outdoor play is crucial for healthy eyes.

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Treating Dry Eyes Caused by Screen Time

Dry eyes induced by excessive screen use may range from mild to severe, with severe cases potentially leading to permanent eye surface damage. Therefore, it's essential to take steps to alleviate these symptoms.

If you're someone who spends a considerable amount of time in front of screens, you can adopt several strategies to reduce the risk of digital eye strain and dry eyes:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes of screen time, take a 20-second break to focus on something at least 20 feet away.
  • Adjust Screen Settings: Modify the font size, brightness, and blue light emission to create a more comfortable viewing experience.
  • Proper Lighting: Ensure your screen is not overly bright, and your surroundings are well-lit.
  • Blink More: Always remember to blink regularly to keep your eyes moist.
  • Stay Hydrated: Maintaining adequate hydration can help support tear production.

Use Artificial Tears: Lubricating eye drops can relieve dry eyes while using screens.

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- Mar. 18, 2024
Dr. Tupps and his staff provide exceptional optical care with clear concern for the patient’s over... all welfare.
- Mar. 16, 2024
Great service !
- Mar. 13, 2024
The front desk staff are tremendous, the billing folks are great and the new Dr. Marrotte O.D., is a... n outstanding addition. He really knows his contact lens expertise. If you are looking for "specialty" lenses or contacts, this is the only place I would ask my doctors to send me!!!
- Mar. 10, 2024
Friendly, friendly, great service
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr Merritt is the best dr ever best pair of glasses I ever had the whole staff was the best you can ... find highly recommended
- Feb. 27, 2024
Excellent very thorough examination. Very friendly, service oriented staff. Nice selection of frames... and sunglasses. Have been a patient for a very long time.
- Feb. 26, 2024
The staff was very friendly, helpful and professional
- Feb. 17, 2024
Everything about this office is fantastic. The staff is amazing and the eye examination is both thor... ough and informative. This was my first eye exam in 8 years and I was at ease the entire time, they told me what they were testing for, the health of my eyes and recommendations for care. This is a great office and I'm grateful I found them.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr Tupps is excellent. So thorough. Tasha the Optician has made my glasses fit perfect.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Lot of time explaining results of eye exam - problems found and corrective measures explained.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Very friendly and informative, i got all of my questions answered! The staff were friendly and effic... ient, I didn’t have to wait at all!
- Feb. 08, 2024
Very good skilled optician to help me figure out vision problem with glasses (made elsewhere). Exce... llent vision recheck appointment with the doctor and also the woman who did all the doctor set up. This is what optical health/retail should be.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Great customer service. Friendly staff.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Thank you Dr. Tupp and your entire staff. This is my family in many ways. They take excellent care o... f me and my spouse. I love all of them.
- Jan. 08, 2024
I've been a patient of Dr. Tupps for years. On a most recent visit I saw Dr. Marrotte ("Merit") he ... was kind, knowledgeable, and had a sense of humor. Great addition to the office.
- Dec. 31, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great with children and not pushy about purchasing glasses.
- Dec. 29, 2023
The staff is very friendly and professional. Dr. Marrotte explained all procedures and gave me the o... pportunity to ask questions. Would definitely recommend this practice to our friends.
- Dec. 26, 2023
I highly recommend Dr. Morreta. Knowledgeable, kind and clear. Willing to answer and explain all my ... questions. It was easy and fast to make the first appointment online. Thank you!
- Dec. 23, 2023
It was my second visit and it's only improved so much in the last couple years. I remember before th... ey did not have a retail section to even buy frames but that addition really is great and the selection of frames were beautiful too. The staff is like an amazing little family and they were all so sweet and caring. And of course saving the best for last I can't say enough how grateful I am to find optometrists that are this thorough. I saw Dr. Marrotte this time and his dedication to getting the right prescription for me without feeling any sense of rush or usual guilt that comes with taking too much time to come to a result during the eye exams was relieving. The last optometrist I saw told me I was likely to develop a sight condition because they could not get an accurate read on my script. Dr. Marrotte found that not only was I wearing a prescription that was too strong but also recommended bifocals as I sit at computer for work. I felt so happy during my visit that he actually cared about what I was having trouble with, which was focusing, and my old prescription was making that hard. I can't thank you and recommend you all enough!
- Dec. 19, 2023
Always easy to get an appointment and glasses are very good quality.

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Consult AccuVision Optical for Digital Eye Strain Relief

Although lifestyle changes can be helpful, more effective dry eye management strategies may be necessary in some cases. AccuVision Optical provides a range of treatments to restore your family's eyesight.

If you or a loved one suffers from ongoing dry eye symptoms due to prolonged screen use, our experienced eye care professionals can provide relief. Make an appointment with AccuVision Optical to discuss dry eye management options. Let's work together to protect their eyesight and ensure a bright future.

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