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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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- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was amazing! I recently switched my eye doctor whom I’ve had for my entire life to Eyeti... que and the difference was remarkable! I wish I got the very nice ladies name who helped me pick out my glasses she’s very personable and I loved her smile! The Doctor was nice as well she crossed her T’s and dotted her I’s! Definitely recommending to everyone!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Dr. Tran and the staff at eyetique were absolutely fantastic. Only complaint is that the additional ... $45 fee they charge on top of your co-pay is not disclosed during your booking. Disappointed about the transparency of fee but overall very happy. ** Updating to 5 stars as the practice manager reached out stating they are working on the transparency. This staff really cares about their patients and the quality of service they provide! Highly highly recommend!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
I saw Dr. Tran, and she and everyone else were friendly, professional, prompt, and provided good car... e. In the past, the manager, Marissa, was very helpful with an insurance issue I had. Would recommend.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Thank you Dr. Tran for your thoughtful care!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Prompt and polite staff. Dr. Tran is excellent, always addresses all your concerns.
- Jun. 20, 2023
The whole team at Eyetique was friendly and welcoming! They made me and my daughter feel comfortable... from start to finish.
- Jun. 17, 2023
Awesome staff very helpful and polite Dr Tran is amazing
- May. 21, 2023
The employees was kind and welcoming I would definitely recommend Eyetique to friends and family
- May. 16, 2023
Dr. Tran is very thorough and was very friendly. All the staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Mar. 29, 2023
My eye exam was very thorough and Dr. Tran and the staff were very professional and friendly.
- Feb. 09, 2023
Ok so. They’re really, really nice at this place BUT. I didn’t imagine we’d spend two (maybe a... little over) hours in there so do yourself a favor and plan accordingly. Take a snack maybe.
- Jan. 12, 2023
I highly recommend this place to anyone who needs to get their eyes checked. The doctor was truly am... azing, very friendly staff.
- Dec. 30, 2022
I took my 6 y.o. son to Dr. Jenny Tran to check his vision. He was anxious about his visit. Dr. Tran... was able to calm his nerves. She was very gentle and creative with tools and techniques. The staff at Eyetique is very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend Eyetique to anyone!
- Nov. 22, 2022
Best eye experience ever! I highly recommend Dr. Tran and her staff to all. The atmosphere is except... ionally warm and welcoming. I completely felt everyone not only listened to what I had to say but they honestly heard me as well, which allowed my concerns to be appropriately addressed and resolved.
- Oct. 02, 2022
Top notch. Dr Tran is fantastic. Kind, patient, and highly proficient. Everyone on the staff is grea... t, too. They answered all of my rookie questions with patience and grace.
- Sep. 23, 2022
Had a great experience. Quick to get an appointment. Staff were pleasant. Dr. Tran was wonderful.
- Aug. 26, 2022
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- Jul. 13, 2022
Nice place, organized, professional, everybody was pleasant they knew all of your options and explai... n them well best of all they have Saturday appointments which is the initial reason that we check them out and we are happy that we did!
- Jun. 27, 2022
Dr. Jenny Tran is the Best Optometrist I have visited with in a long time. She is thorough and prec... ise with every technic from start to finish. If you are looking for an Awesome Doctor this is the place to go . The staff is great as well everyone works as a team. I was in on a Tuesday an I got my glass that Friday I was very happy how fast it was as well. Thank you so very much. I will 100% be coming back.
- Apr. 30, 2022
Fixed my Cartier glasses within seconds

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Consult Eyetique - Stow for Digital Eye Strain Relief

Although lifestyle changes can be helpful, more effective dry eye management strategies may be necessary in some cases. Eyetique - Stow 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 Eyetique - Stow to discuss dry eye management options. Let's work together to protect their eyesight and ensure a bright future.

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