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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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- Jun. 20, 2024
I always have a great time. They're professional. They're nice. They're wonderful. They're helpful.
- May. 18, 2024
Dr. Ray, Rian, and Allison are awesome!. The eye exam was cool.. No longer "puffs" of air in the eye... ..there's a newer technology . Friendly, smart staff , great experience. Educational too. I highly recommend this ABBA location.
- May. 17, 2024
So Far Dr Ray Is Awesome..Kuddos..To Him..And His Staff..Grant K. Colo Springs
- May. 13, 2024
AJ was a complete professional in handeling of my paperwork and getting new glasses.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Kind, caring and professional! I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
- Apr. 14, 2024
I also love my glasses. The only thing I didn't like was the glasses case. They don't make them like... they used to, I guess.
- Apr. 06, 2024
The staff are wonderful and doctor Ray was really positive and felt comfortable with him.
- Apr. 04, 2024
I've been dealing with the ABBA folks for several years and have never had anything to complain abou... t. They are all both professional and approachable. I recommend them all the time to people who admire my glasses (always a great selection)!
- Mar. 04, 2024
It has the most amazing staf. They are the most, welcoming, caring, goofy, laid back, thorough, eye ... care team I have ever witnessed.The doctor was very nice and made sure he checked everything with my neuropathy and headaches before sending me out to pick my glasses which I absolutely love. I love ABBA EYECARE!
- Mar. 03, 2024
Welcoming environment. Friendly doctors & staff. Timely service/minimal wait time.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Had a great experience, the doctors and staff were super knowledgeable and friendly and answered all... my questions! 10/10
- Feb. 18, 2024
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- Feb. 15, 2024
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- Jan. 30, 2024
Great staff very helpful and the doctor was very sympathetic and understood my concerns
- Dec. 13, 2023
I've never given a review for an eye doctor but this place really deserves it! Not only is this my f... avorite Abba location, but it's,hands-down, the best place to get my eyes checked.
- Oct. 14, 2023
Emily was just amazing , The sweetest woman I have ever came across
- Oct. 02, 2023
Okay so I want to start this off with complementing the staff and doctors. Absolutely amazing people... and outstanding care. I’m so glad to find an eye doctor who accepts Medicaid! I have great vision, but recently I had something in my eye that scratched my cornea. It was the worst feeling in the world! They let me come in same day for an appointment before work, and worked super fast but with great care. Before them, I went to the ER. And they brushed me off like it wasn’t a big deal. The doctor at ABBA actually looked in my eye with a microscope to make sure the obstruction was out- it was thankfully. But I had scratches and irritation that is in the process of healing. Everyone was so kind and patient. I couldn’t ask for better. Thank you!
- Sep. 29, 2023
Dr. Brilley has been our (my son and I) optimologist for years now. I love his bed side manners. He... is so thorough and explains eyecare in layman terms. Thank you Dr. Brilley!
- Sep. 08, 2023
Very good customer service.
- Aug. 03, 2023
Love this place! Fast and the employees are very nice!

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Consult ABBA Eye Care - Academy for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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