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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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I truly liked Dr. Youngblood and the staff. Great doctor, loved the way she approached me. The staff... are polite, friendly, courteous and sincere. I gave it a five because that is what they really are, five star
- Jan. 28, 2024
Everyone is so nice and helpful. Dr. Pang is pretty funny, too.
- Jan. 01, 2024
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- Dec. 21, 2023
I’ve been a long time patient of Dr. Pang’s at Trinity Eye Care. I’ve had years of wonderful e... xperiences. Today was my first time seeing Dr. Youngblood and I’m so happy to say that she was amazing too! It’s such a great feeling knowing that no matter who I see I will be taken care of in the best way. I’ve been a patient since 2010 and I will always be one!! Love the Trinity Eye Care team!
- Dec. 07, 2023
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- Nov. 15, 2023
Professional, courteous and friendly staff. There is virtually no waiting time. I have already refer... red one person to this office, a second one is possible in the near future.
- Nov. 06, 2023
Not only are Dr. Pang and Mrs. Pang so incredibly kind, but they and the whole staff (shout out to M... ike and Kristina as well!) take the time to truly care and understand your needs and concerns. I was feeling a bit hopeless with my eyes and struggled to explain what was going on, and it's such a relief that people like Dr. Pang exist. Dr. Pang has been so thorough and meticulous and just all around wonderful, and I'm so fortunate that he is in the area. Coming here has been a real game changer for me and I'm so appreciative to everyone at the office. Again, just thank you so so so much!
- Oct. 31, 2023
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- Oct. 21, 2023
Christina at the front made us feel very welcome and helped us through the checkin /checkout process... with professionalism and a constant smile. The office had very advanced machines to test various aspects of my eye health. Dr. Pang was extremely knowledgeable and explained all of the steps to me as well a really listened to my vision challenges to ensure my Rx was perfect for me. Eileen was very knowledgeable about lenses and contacts as well as my insurance coverage. Overall great experience and highly recommend!
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Been coming here for 3 years and will probably keep on coming until Dr. Pang retires. Everyone is in... credibly personable and remembers details about you even if you only come once a year for your annual check up. Before, I was dealing with undiagnosed vertical heterophoria and couldn’t figure out why I was having constant eye strain and migraines. Dr. Pang and his staff were able to take me in and diagnose me quickly. My migraines have improved significantly since. So glad I found Trinity Eye Care. Special shoutout to Aileen, Dr. Pang’s wife, for having the best taste in eyeglasses and making choosing one a breeze. And another shoutout to Kristina, at the front desk, for making sure the clinic and everything runs smoothly.
- May. 21, 2023
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Consult Trinity EyeCare for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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