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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. 19, 2024
Dr Walls and the whole staff are amazing!! The eyeglass department is exceptional!! Always there if ... i need an eyeglass adjustment or the have them replaced!!!
- Apr. 03, 2024
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- Mar. 20, 2024
Wiley Walls OD is the best eye doctor. He has been amazing at helping my vision problems after I ha... d an RK surgery in 1990. The staff is wonderful! I am so very pleased with this office.
- Feb. 27, 2024
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- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr Walls is an amazing Doctor! After Dr Arnold retired, I didn't think I would like another doctor. ... But Dr Walls has been a great doctor, the next best! He works hard, he really cares about his patients and is very thoughtful. He has called and texted me personally to check on me. The staff is also SUPER helpful! We love Theresa! I can't say enough about the care of all the staff, they're top notch! I would recommend anyone to go see them!
- Nov. 22, 2023
I recommend everyone to come here! The front desk staff are very attentive and helpful. Miss Leslie ... was so sweet and was able to answer any questions/concerns I had. Dr.Walls was my OD, he provided excellent care and made me feel like a valued patient. I recommend this clinic. Awesome staff and great drs!!
- Oct. 27, 2023
Dr. Walls is an amazing eye doctor who specializes in fitting damaged eyes like mine with Scleral co... ntact lenses. These specialists are very hard to find and Dr. Walls is amazing. Theresa, along with the rest of the staff are wonderful to deal with. If you need an outstanding eye doctor that specializes in Scleral contact lenses, and want to get top-shelf service from a friendly staff, this is the place to go.
- Oct. 24, 2023
We have been going there for years. Dr. Horiszny is a wonderful, caring doctor. And the office staff... is great. They are all so helpful and friendly. We wouldn’t go anywhere else for all our eye exams.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Friendly doctors and staff. Very professional service.
- May. 21, 2023
First time going with Dr. Daniel Bui for my eye exam, but he was great and my prescription came out ... perfectly. Also, the staff are nice and helpful, and I want to give a special shoutout to Sylvester! I had a problem with my lenses order initially, but he went above and beyond to make sure the issue is fixed and that I am a satisfied customer. Overall, I've had a positive experience and would recommend!
- Mar. 04, 2022
I was yet, in my 10+ years of wearing glasses, got any of my prescriptions perfect, BUT I can finall... y say I have. Memorial Eye Center in Sugarland got it right!! Dr Joseph was awesome as well. I seriously just can’t believe how well I can see with my new prescription I got today, I had to come here and give a review. Very content customer
- Nov. 22, 2020
Great experience at the eye doctor. Everyone should use Dr. Arnold. Such a Profesional and he has ... a great, welcoming staff.
- Oct. 04, 2019
I have an eye diease called Keratoconus. I've literally been all over Houston to different doctors f... or the past year and nine months trying to get a contact to fit my irregular shaped corneal. It was at the point to where nothing worked. I was making plans on a corneal transplant until Dr. Goosey referred me to Dr. Arnold he said there's a lens called the EyePrintPRO I want see if Dr. Arnold can fit you. I made the appointment and they made a mode of my eye it took several visit and I thought this is never going to work. I received my lens last Saturday it's a true miracle!!! I'm over the moon happy I was reading the eye chart 20/80 before my EyePrintPRO now I can read 20/25! I can't Thank You enough you have changed my life I had major depression with my eye disease and even cried on a couple of visits now I have tears of joy! Thank You so much...
- Jun. 14, 2019
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- May. 24, 2019
Dr. Arnold is the best. We drive about 2 hrs. each way just to see him. One can imagine the kind of ... service he & his staff provides for us to drive this far. Been our family’s doctor for about 20+ years. WE JUST DRIVE THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE.
- Feb. 25, 2019
Dr. Arnold is a great caring optometrist. His staff is wonderful and very helpful.
- Nov. 23, 2018
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- Aug. 22, 2018
Great customer service! 😁😋 Thank you so much Sylvester and Rachel. This location has wondeful ... staff with great customer service skills. I highly recommend this location
- Aug. 22, 2018
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- May. 05, 2018
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Consult Memorial Eye Center - Sugar Land 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 - Sugar Land 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 - Sugar Land to discuss dry eye management options. Let's work together to protect their eyesight and ensure a bright future.

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