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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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- Dec. 28, 2023
Great place for eye care! Friendly staff and reasonable prices!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Friendly staff.
- Dec. 10, 2023
Staff is super friendly and Dr Ng is awesome
- Nov. 10, 2023
Dr. Stott is excellent! The staff is friendly and efficient. I will not go to any other eye doctor.
- Oct. 01, 2023
Great with kids!! Fast service.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Excellent service, Jeff is honest and patient with frame selection too!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Kyle Stott and the staff at this office are wonderful! They were very thorough and patient with... all my questions during my eye exam, and when picking out new glasses. I am so thankful I found this office in our neighborhood!
- Jul. 07, 2023
The staff is super helpful!
- Jun. 07, 2023
Dr Stott is amazing. He is very patient and understanding. The staff is very friendly.
- May. 17, 2023
Everyone is very professional and friendly. They are experts at glasses and got me exactly the right... style and prescription.
- Apr. 30, 2023
Dr Scott is awesome! Best Eye Doctor in the Valley!
- Apr. 07, 2023
Always friendly, efficient, and on time.
- Mar. 14, 2023
Everyone at 20/20 image is so sweet, Friendly, and patient. They deserve 10 stars. If you are decidi... ng between Oasis Visions and 20/20 image, do not go to Oasis.
- Feb. 01, 2023
The doctor and staff actuality care about your needs and experience
- Jan. 31, 2023
The staff at this location are so fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, and they know what they’re ... doing. Dr. Stott has been more helpful than any doctor I’ve ever seen. He actually diagnosed my dry eyes and helped to make it better - he didn’t just shove plugs in like every other doctor I’ve been to! He also (along with the staff) hooked me up with multi-focal contacts that work! My last doctor told me I was stuck with glasses, unless I wanted to wear contacts for distance, and reading glasses for near and mid-distance. (Was he even aware of multi-focal contacts??) I’m so happy. Like, SOOOO happy!!! What a fantastic place. I’d bear hug everyone there, if it wasn’t weird to do so.
- Jan. 07, 2023
Amazing doctor and staff
- Dec. 30, 2022
20/20 has delivered me the best pair of glasses of my life, TWICE now. I walked out of there being a... ble to see leaves on trees down the block!
- Oct. 12, 2022
The doctor and staff were all wonderful with my child. The doctor explained everything to me that he... was doing, was very thorough during the exam and helped me understand the need for glasses. The woman at the front desk helped me choose the glasses and decide which would be best, was very helpful and incredibly sweet and patient with my one year old. I am so glad I chose this business and will continue using them for myself and family!
- Oct. 05, 2022
For eye exams and contact fittings both Dr. Stott and Dr. Ng are great doctors. The staff in the of... fice are friendly and helpful, and I actually think they have continued to become more helpful and friendly over the 4-5 years I have been going to this office. Getting glasses at this office can be an adventure though - getting glasses for my grandmother took a long time with communication hiccups and the factory breaking the frames. I have seen other customers come in with similar issues. But if you are someone needing and eye exam or contacts then you shouldn't have any issues!
- Aug. 31, 2022
This is one of the best opticians around Gilbert with better appointment and good customer service a... nd referral.

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Consult 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert for Digital Eye Strain Relief

Although lifestyle changes can be helpful, more effective dry eye management strategies may be necessary in some cases. 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert 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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert to discuss dry eye management options. Let's work together to protect their eyesight and ensure a bright future.

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