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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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- Mar. 04, 2024
The doctor and staff are amazing. I went in with some eye concerns. They listened to my concerns and... gave me world class care. They are super friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.
- Feb. 22, 2024
Professional service, nice staff, welcoming and caring.
- Feb. 16, 2024
The entire staff is just amazing. Very friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. The doctor... that examined me was very good and the selection of frames is wonderful.
- Jan. 23, 2024
The workers are awesome and helped me pick out the best glasses.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Excellent customer service. Went there to swap my broken glasses for a replacement pair. They were q... uick and friendly. And gave tips for caring for my glasses. Parking can be crowded during peak times, I went around 430pm on a weekday.
- Oct. 30, 2023
The Crown Vision Center staff is truly amazing, ESPECIALLY JENNIFER!!! She takes the time to answer ... all my questions, clearly explains each fee and gives feedback on which frames work best with my face structure. I have a hard time selecting glasses and she is always patient with me. I love my glasses and get compliments often. I would recommend this location to all my friends and family 🙂
- Oct. 22, 2023
Friendly staff. Knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Always a good experience when I go there.
- Oct. 10, 2023
We love Crown Vision Center! The staff are always very friendly, courteous and professional. And ver... y patient with answering all my questions.
- Sep. 25, 2023
Everyone here is always smiling and making our day! Thank you for the respect, professionalism, and ... knowledge! David, Kathy & David Jr.
- Sep. 08, 2023
EXCELLENT SERVICES - FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
- Aug. 23, 2023
Timely scheduling, friendly staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great experience!! The receptionist and the Dr’s assistant began with a wonderful experience. The ... Dr.. Dr Sherwood .. excellent.. very thorough. Highly recommend!!
- Aug. 01, 2023
Very caring and will to please the customers and treated me with respect . The Doctor was very g... ood and intelligent . And very kind .such a sweet staff .excellent customer service.
- Jul. 04, 2023
When we changed insurance, we decided to try a new optical company. We came to the Tesson Ferry loca... tion and I'm so glad we did. All 4 of my kids wear glasses, so it's an ordeal to get them all in for appointments. The staff here have always been so amazing. Taking the time to get to know my kids on a personal level. Making them smile and giggle with little jokes. Explaining to the kids what to expect because they are nervous. So many little things that add to an overall amazing experience! Again, I am highly impressed with the level of customer service we continue to experience at this location 💗
- Jun. 13, 2023
Doctors are always spot on with my prescriptions and very friendly and professional at the same time... . Office staff is friendly and so helpful. This is my favorite Crown Vision location, as far as staff and service, so far.
- May. 15, 2023
Nice place. Staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Happy with my glasses.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Then staff is very friendly and spend time making sure you select the perfect frames and fit.
- Mar. 02, 2023
Dr. Sherwood and staff are amazing! Highly recommended!
- Feb. 15, 2023
They have been very responsive to my needs, once when I lost my hard contact and again when I had co... njunctivitis.
- Jan. 17, 2023
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Consult Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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