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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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- Feb. 16, 2024
Dr. Middleton and the staff did a great job making the boys feel comfortable during our visit. Overa... ll great experience for my boys.
- Feb. 06, 2024
This is a friendly, professional team that makes every part of the process as smooth and effortless ... as possible. The doctor was fast without being rushed, and explained everything that was happening in understandable terms. Great visit and already recommended to my wife who is looking for a new place to get her eyes examined.
- Feb. 05, 2024
All Doctors and staff are wonderful from start to finish. Everybody is so welcoming. I LOVE my new g... lasses!! They have price points from what insurance covers to a designer pair. I
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing experience!! Everyone was friendly and attentive, and the big selection of glasses is nice b... ut not overwhelming. The lady ordering the prescription and frames was very nice, and she made double sure on everything regarding insurance coverage and if the glasses fit properly. The eye doctor was easy-going, thorough, and made the exam feel quick and easy. Compared to visionworks, which I had a horrible time there a year or two ago (they got my prescription completely wrong and communication was awful), this place feels way more professional. Definitely come here for a quality experience and exam!
- Jan. 13, 2024
The staff is amazing. They take time to help through the entire eye care experience
- Dec. 22, 2023
This is our first time visiting. All employees are professional and efficient, no over solicitation ... .Paul is our doctor , he is very patient and knowledgeable, will come back definitely
- Dec. 09, 2023
Dr. Coleman was excellent. He was knowledgeable and kind. The technology here is comprehensive and t... hey accept insurance.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Staff is very friendly & accommodating. I saw Dr. Coleman & he was professional & answered all of my... questions. He is top notch!! I highly recommend!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
Great Dr. Thank Dr. Coleman for your superb care!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Can’t say enough good things about the staff here. Great doctor, great help with picking out my fr... ames. So easy and so friendly!
- Nov. 06, 2023
The eye place is very inviting. Both the doctors and employees are very knowledgeable and caring. Gr... eat location to complete both eye exams and purchase glasses or contact.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Great service and friendly staff
- Oct. 20, 2023
Great experience!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Outstanding Optometrists and staff, along with a good variety of frames and sunglasses:)
- Oct. 06, 2023
Friendly, attentive, efficient and quick experience!! Dr. Paul was so kind!
- Oct. 06, 2023
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- Sep. 11, 2023
Mady & Kathy are the absolute BEST!!!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
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- Aug. 24, 2023
Great staff and doctors. The staff treated my family. This is our first time at Total Eyecare & Eyew... ear Gallery. They are professional, quick, knowledgeable, and has up-to-date technology. The front staff were very patient with teaching my teen how to use contacts. More patient than I am. The office is welcoming with an upscale ambiance. I've been wearing glasses for about 10 years, Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery is the best office that I have encountered. Keep up the great work!
- Aug. 16, 2023
The Drs at Total Eyecare are the best!!

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Dry Eyes in Cross Roads

Our optometry practice in Cross Roads

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Hours
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  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Consult Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads for Digital Eye Strain Relief

Although lifestyle changes can be helpful, more effective dry eye management strategies may be necessary in some cases. Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery - Cross Roads to discuss dry eye management options. Let's work together to protect their eyesight and ensure a bright future.

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