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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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- May. 10, 2024
Dr. Sandra Bui has been my optometrist for quite a few years now and her knowledge of optometry and ... rapport with patients is unmatched. I just visited her yesterday and my prescription hasn’t changed. I had a swift and seamless appointment and the office is good about reminders, sending emails, phone calls, and texts to make sure that your insurance has been verified and to know the reason behind your appointment so that you can be taken care of. I couldn’t ask for more in an office or in an eye doctor. Highly recommend Dr. Bui and her team!
- Apr. 10, 2024
I have a very pleasant experience today at my exam. Super happy with Dr. Nguyen. He took his time ... to let you ask questions. He also ask you many questions pertaining to your situation and offer suggestions. I highly recommend anyone need anything optometry, please check this Memorial Eye Center out.
- Mar. 26, 2024
Great experience, friendly staff and thorough! They really try to help you and take the time to exp... lain things...and the staff is very patient with you as you select the right specs! Highly recommend!
- Mar. 07, 2024
Good staff,great customer service. Doctors and the staff at Wilcrest are awesome people. I can recom... mend the location to anybody.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Manager Madji is a great, she provides a great service, she fixed the issue I rate her a 100%
- Jan. 16, 2024
Dr. Bui has something that too many other doctors don't have b/c apparently it's not taught in med s... chool; she has an amazing personality. She will also show you, without being technical or condescending, what your eyes are doing. I highly recommend her, and can't wait to see her in the coming months.
- Dec. 18, 2023
Took my first exam and it wasn’t that bad at all. Finally got new glasses after 2 years wearing th... e previous glasses with a strap or templed tips on it.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Directions are direct and clear
- Nov. 22, 2023
A new daily was suggested and is the best contact lens I’ve ever had. Biotrue Baush & Lomb Presbyo... pia multifocal daily. Superb vision and comfort. I’ve been wearing contacts lenses for 35 years or more. The technology is clearly much better with these lenses in my opinion. Every attending Dr was the best of the best. Issues with supporting staff - but to be expected anywhere in my opinion.
- Nov. 03, 2023
I have been going there for a long time, everyone is friendly and I'm very happy with my new glasses... .
- Oct. 14, 2023
I had my first eye exam ever there and they were AMAZING. The staff are very friendly and helpful. D... r. Bui was so sweet and told me exactly what I needed. I defined recommend this location to everyone In need of eye exams/ glasses.
- Sep. 26, 2023
The staff is super friendly .. well recommend to everybody.
- Sep. 09, 2023
I have worn glasses the majority of my life and Dr. Bui is by far the best. It’s a little bit of a... drive for me but totally worth it. Also, all of the staff is super nice and helpful.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Amazing staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
Patient went to memorial eye clinic recently and received high quality service from the staff member... s and the doctor tote hope I spelled her name right pick up my glasses today definitely a satisfied customer service I can see very well what a great awesome place to go for eyeglasses eye exams and amazing glasses to choose from memorial eye Care center on Westheimer and definitely recommend this place to go and get great experience from the staff members and the doctor's office thank y'all for my great experience choosing MemorialCare eye on Westheimer and wilcrest location THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE PATIENT MS DEROUSSELLE. Highly recommend very professional
- Aug. 16, 2023
She got the job done and I would refer everyone I know to her
- Aug. 15, 2023
Very professional. Very good services. Very friendly
- Aug. 13, 2023
Very professional staff! De Bui was very kind and she explained every detail step by step!
- Aug. 10, 2023
I love this people a lot it so so easy and fast I want in on Monday and I was supposed to pick up my... glasses in two weeks but my glasses was ready in 4 days and I love how great the people are and very friendly they are the place is so clean you don’t have to wait a long time this is where I am going to stay at and they walk you through it the hold time and I just love everything about the people that work there the glasses I have on is for men I love them
- Jul. 12, 2023
This is a storefront business so parking is free , accessible and close by. The staff is helpful and... agreeable. Dr Bui is very pleasant and knowledgeable. This is not merely an optometrist providing glasses, but they also treat eye infections, eyelash under the lid removal and basic assistance concerning eye conditions and diseases. Much less expensive than an ophthalmologist, however they don't perform surgery of course. They aren't md's.

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Consult Memorial Eye Center - Wilcrest for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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