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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.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 07, 2024
Dr. Elizabeth Pham is a Great Doctor and incredibly talented and Helpful. She went the extra mile an... d made my appointment for the Retina specialist for me. She was very concerned and made my visit very pleasant. Thank you Dr. Pham! ❤️
- Apr. 21, 2024
Highly recommend Dr. Lorraine Suder.
- Apr. 13, 2024
Nice, fast , caring , and friendly from doctor to technicians and staffs.
- Apr. 08, 2024
This place is so nice and they have a great stuff. I appreciate the doctors for finding my narrow an... gles. I also got the doctors cell phone number because she cared that much. I really appreciate Abby for fixing my Gucci glasses
- Mar. 30, 2024
I was sad to see that Dr Bolish retired (though obviously happy for him and well-deserved), but the ... new optometrists and new opticians are excellent. Highly recommended.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Error in previous block. Wrote dentist instead of optometrist!! Too many surveys at once
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional from beginning to end.
- Mar. 14, 2024
I have always been a patient of Dr. Suder, and I have had nothing but great experiences! Dr. Suder i... s incredibly warm, and I appreciated her patience with me as I tried various contact lenses before eventually settling on glasses. Jamie is also amazing! She is attentive and took the time to assist me in finding the best frames for my sunglasses. Not only is she friendly and knowledgeable, but she also adjusted my frames and nose pads more accurately than anyone has before. Overall, I highly recommend this practice for any of your eye care needs!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Every staff member who I interacted with during my visit was friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed w... orking with Dr. Lim through my concerns. Also, I appreciate the reminder phone call and text messages about my appointment. I would recommend this location for your eye care.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly staff, the waiting time was fast,
- Mar. 01, 2024
Me and my family have been coming here for years. Since Dr. Bolish has retired I saw Dr. Lim, she w... as amazing. Very thorough and has great energy. All staff is attentive and always friendly. Always a great experience!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Friendly staff, easy to schedule appt. R'cvd information in a clear and understandable manner.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr. Ashley is awesome!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Outstanding examination, very professional, and thorough. And the opticians in the glasses departmen... t are excellent
- Jan. 06, 2024
What a great place! Had gone here because it was covered by my insurance, but I'll keep coming here ... because of the fantastic service. Very professional, my eye doctor was so thorough and polite. But the star of the show was honestly Jamie who helped me go through my selection of potential glasses and helped me pick something in my price range/insurance coverage. She took a lot of care in helping me select frames that look amazing on me (I'm hopeless on this by myself) and she even found some frames to hold my old lenses until my new pair came in so I wouldn't be without. Great team, would recommend to anyone looking for a new eye doctor!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Love this place! My family all goes here and sees Dr. Suder. We love her! She’s extremely thorough... and knowledgeable. I love how she explains everything to you and she’ll answer all your questions and concerns with the utmost patience. We adore her, as well as Assma. If you’re looking to buy glasses or sunglasses here, ask for Asmma. She’s the expert!
- Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone here is the best. Dr. Bolish has been taking care of me for over 20 years and always goes t... he extra mile to take care of my special vision needs.Asmra (sp sorry!) is always patient with me and my taking so very long to pick out frames.
- Dec. 17, 2023
Great place for eye care and glasses. Staff is friendly and helpful and very polite. The polar oppo... site of Myeyedr on North Garland!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Just left my annual appointment and needed to commend Arturo in Optical, in addition to Dr. Lim. Bot... h went above and beyond to provide a great experience and terrific patient care. Thoroughly pleased and strongly recommend.
- Nov. 28, 2023
My eye exam went smoothly. The North Garland Vision staff treated me with A+ service!

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Consult North Garland Vision for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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