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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. 08, 2024
Great service!
- Jun. 07, 2024
This is actually a 6 star review. Outstanding! I dropped in to have two pair of sunglasses nose pie... ces replaced. I was blown away by the amazing attitude that the extremely friendly workers had. Especially the worker behind the desk that worked on my sunglasses. Selection of glasses are excellent pricing is some of the best I've ever seen. Mindset and operation of how this business is ran #1 Incredibly clean... You will be treated very well here. Thank you for your help n service. Will be back.
- May. 27, 2024
Dr. Jordan Jones is remarkable at what he does. He immediately puts you at ease and answers all ques... tions in a manner you fully understand. I am to see him in 6 months and I am actually looking forward to the appointment,
- May. 23, 2024
I am long time patient and Dr. Jones is the greatest.
- Nov. 28, 2023
My family and I have been having our eyes checked here for the last several years and it is hands do... wn the best optometrist experience we have ever had. Independent, clean, courteous, personable and professional.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Dr. Jones is awesome. I have an array of complicated health issues and it's always hard finding a ph... ysician that gets it. Dr. Jones gets it and makes you feel comfortable the whole experience. He was very thorough and understanding of my issues, making the visit a pleasant one. I don't gush for anybody, so this means a lot. I have had so many bad experiences in healthcare, but that never happened here. My vision can change frequently due to neuro issues and Dr. Jones has always found the right balance to help me get through this evolving condition. Thanks so much for everything.
- Oct. 10, 2023
I would highly recommend Wear Eyewear! Just had my first eye exam with Dr. Jones and he was super in... formative and provided great options for contacts and glasses. The staff was very friendly and was the best experience I have ever had at an eye center.
- Aug. 04, 2023
We are new patients and loved the atmosphere as soon as we walked in. My 5yo was due for a check up,... and Dr. Jones was the Patch Adams of Optometrists.
- Jun. 05, 2023
My husband and I have both seen Dr. Jones for several years. We cannot recommend him highly enough! ... He genuinely cares about his patients and is excited to explain the findings of his tests and the changes since the last visit. He makes a point of understanding the patients needs based on their lifestyle. He doesn’t try to sell glasses if they are not needed. And he is very personable! Thanks
- Jul. 06, 2022
Dr. Jones is great, he is super thorough, friendly & explains things in detail. The front desk staff... is also very helpful & pleasant, I had to reschedule my appointment twice and they were very accommodating. Definitely recommend!
- Apr. 23, 2022
Dr. Jordan is the best! I drive quite a distance to see him and every visit reminds me of why I do. ... Dr. Jordan is informative, helpful, and most importantly, friendly!
- Mar. 30, 2022
My eye insurance changed and nobody local to me took the new insurance. My son (same insurance) reco... mmended Wear. He recommended Dr. Jones specifically. I saw Dr. Graff for my initial visit and then Dr. Jones for a follow-up visit. Office staff was very friendly, Dr. Graff was very efficient and fun and Dr. Jones took the time to review my new glasses v old glasses and gave me options on adjusting to the new script. I felt VERY comfortable and well cared-for and cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you!
- Jan. 16, 2022
I’ve been seeing Dr. Jones for over 10 years. He has a way of making you feel like you’re the mo... st important patient. I love the high-tech equipment that he uses to provide a thorough exam and that he explains everything to me in a way that makes sense. I’m severely near sighted And he always makes sure I understand what we’re talking about and that my vision is corrected in a way that I like. The office is small and everyone is really friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Wear Eyewear. Oh! I forgot to mention they have an amazing selection frames. They range from basic to high-end brand names like Channel and Gucci plus a lot more.
- Nov. 17, 2021
My whole family looks forward to seeing Dr Jordan every year. He always remembers our names and hist... ory, what we enjoy to do on our spare time and makes us feel very comfortable in his office. He explains everything with comparisons and examples, and we leave knowing a little more about how eyes work ever year. The rest of the team is very helpful and have been there for years as well, they remember our tastes in frames and are very quick and knowledgeable with insurance questions.
- Jun. 02, 2021
I walked in for a screw for my glasses and they just fixed it in 2mins. Really nice people. Would go... here for any future needs for my glasses or new glasses
- Oct. 15, 2020
I can tell Dr Jones loves his job, and that makes him a great eye doctor in my book. His enthusiasti... c explanations of how the eye works and what he’s looking for are very detailed yet easy to understand. The kids like him too, he puts them at ease with his sense of humor. I’ve been seeing him for years and recommended him to many of my family and friends.
- May. 18, 2020
Dr Jones is the most knowledgeable and patient doctor i have ever been to. I have been visiting eye ... doctors for the past 24 years and have never had a doctor who genuinely cares and is thorough in his exams as well as taking the time to explain everything to the patient. Everyone needs to quit going wherever you are currently going and come here!!!
- Feb. 05, 2020
I can't express enough, how great this Doctor is. My wife has been with him for years but I never h... ad much need for an eye doctor, I just got my eye exam & glasses from one of those national chains. But recently I had a scary issue that I felt needed the attention of a Eye Dr that could maybe go more in depth and that has all the necessary medical equipment. So this was the place based on what my wife told me. And I couldn't of been more satisfied with Dr.Jordan Jones. I was thoroughly impressed with the procedures done and the careful explaining he did for me. He made 100% sure I understood everything clearly and why the...how, what, when, why, was happening to me. When I was done with my visit I felt like I had a complete optical education tailored for my learning ability. He's referring me to a specialist now and of course he walked me through that process of what to expect from them and what they will probably do for me. Dr. Jones is just one of those human beings that has a really good energy about him.
- Jan. 18, 2020
Dr Jordan is incredibly funny and helpful and kind!!! He is also very knowledgeable and explains eve... rything thoroughly. The whole staff was very nice and patient. They have tons of glasses to choose from, and even the cheapest price frames (which I got) look very cute. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone and everyone, especially if you need to have a vision exam done.
- Dec. 19, 2018
The staffs suggested me the best in my cases instead to wear a eye glasses they give a chance to wea... r a contact lens for make me feel much comfortable..

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Consult Wear Eyewear - Orland Park for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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