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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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- Mar. 22, 2024
Rebecca was kind and thoughtful. Dr. Kara was efficient and knowledgeable. I had a great experience....
- Mar. 09, 2024
The store was very nice and clean and organized. The staff was friendly and helpful. I was there a t... otal of 30 min which was fantastic because I had a very busy day. They were upfront and knowledgeable about my exam and treatment plan. I loved their glasses selection, it was very easy to pick a new frame. Glasses came in a lot sooner than expected and the quantity seems pretty good so far. I have already recommended them to my family and they now have a lifetime customer.
- Feb. 06, 2024
A beautiful blend of professionalism and warmth. During the comprehensive examination and fitting, ... I was treated like family. I waited to write this until I had some time to take my glasses for a test ride. Like my experience at the center, it's "all good".
- Jan. 31, 2024
Wonderful staff! Customer service skills were amazing!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
I had an appointment 9/14/2023 with Crown Vision in Ballwin. I went in for an exam and glasses. The ... doctor was on maturity leave so I had a different doctor. I believe her name was Dr. Yifu? She was sensational. Very thorough. Took the time to explain everything. The support staff was equally impressive. Cecily Cintron and Melissa Stellhorn were very attentive to my needs. 3 months later I'm very pleased with the glasses (the frames for exactly what i wanted) and the service. Would highly recommend Crown Vision in Ballwin.
- Nov. 11, 2023
Amazing staff. Great Dr who explained everything in words I understood. They are just good people w... ho actually care about their clients!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Excellent care for my husband. Thanks
- Jul. 06, 2023
I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness, and promptness of the whole experience, but also ver... y professional.
- Feb. 20, 2023
Friendly, efficient, and great prices.
- Feb. 07, 2023
The entire staff is super friendly and helpful. Dr. Rackovan took the time to explain, and go into d... etail, about any possible concerns she might have come across.
- Jan. 09, 2023
Great experience from the exam to the glasses received.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Excellent - Nick and team thank you; Nick took the time, super high quality service, very pleased. ... Thank you Nick and team !
- Nov. 01, 2022
Everyone was nice and friendly, I had a great experience!
- Oct. 06, 2022
Friendly staff that provides fast and efficient service.
- Oct. 01, 2022
The staff is always friendly and helpful. They listen to my concerns and find ways to address them.... I feel appreciated as a customer.
- Sep. 20, 2022
Nick is great!
- Mar. 12, 2022
The whole staff is knowledgeable about what is covered and what's not. They are very friendly. And t... oe the most important part was that it was all covered. They worked it out to be covered by insurance 100%
- Mar. 05, 2022
With alot of different eye vision places I have been too, I have to say the associates are very frie... ndly and put their client's first. The one associate really helped me pick out the perfect type of glasses that fit me best and quality wise. When I picked up my glasses she knew me by name and welcomed me.
- Feb. 03, 2022
The visits for my new glasses went off without a hitch! Great service!
- Jan. 30, 2022
Received excellent service. Great styles & variety on frames.

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Consult Crown Vision Center - Ballwin for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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