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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. 27, 2024
I absolutely love my new glasses! Jess is fabulous and very intuitive. She has a great sense of what... the clients styles are. She helped me pick my glasses out. She was very patient and understanding with my own indecisiveness. They were all so kind towards me. The Doctor was very thorough and explained everything to me as she did the exam. I have been worrying about possibly having an underlying issue with my eyes the last yr.. yr and a half. But unfortunately I’m just getting old and need readers (in my own words ofc)😆. I read a lot and evr since I’ve been trying to read with my glasses on it makes such a difference. I don’t get the headaches I was getting and the blurry vision afterwards is gone. Also the woman at the front desk that does the scheduling was just a very nice and helpful person. Oh and I dnt want to forget about the 1st woman I seen that did the picture of the back of my eyes and the vision test.. she’s the best! She helped me SO much and was just a joy to talk to while I was with her. It’s like a big family there. The staff is what makes Visionmakers. Truly top tier. I would recommend this office to a family member. Thanks Jess and all the women at Vision makers that I seen that day!🥰. Ps I apologize for being horrible with names!🤦🏼‍♀️
- Mar. 22, 2024
Great staff!!
- Mar. 15, 2024
Great service, friendly staff. They could use a better sign out front.
- Mar. 06, 2024
Got called the day before to confirm my insurance and the day of the visit it was some quick paper w... ork and in to see the eye doctor. Out and looking thru glasses in the next 30m I think and giving great explanations on everything and what my insurance covers. Glasses came in a week later and didn't need to worry about anything with the fittings. Overall very glad I chose them.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Dr Emma Thompson is great. She was able to quickly do my eye exam and then explained the results to... me in a clear and concise manner. Additionally, she laid out my options for vision care as well as gave her recommendation. The front office staff was friendly and efficient as well. I will be recommending VisionMakers to my friends and family
- Feb. 15, 2024
I have been a customer for years--and have always been pleased with the service and the staff. My w... ife and older son both wear glasses and have been using them as well. Jess is always over the top with ideas and insurance questions are answered while you wait. I can't recommend them enough! Certainly worth the trip to Robinson Township! FIVE STARS!!!
- Jan. 20, 2024
I recently got 4 glasses from Vision Markers, the staff was 10/10. They put me in the right lenses f... or the correct use. I got the blue light and glare reduction lenses for my everyday glasses, and it’s a game changer! Worth every penny. The staff seemed to care about my glasses as much as I did. It was truly amazing!
- Dec. 18, 2023
They were kind and knowledgeable. I will return to them for sure
- Jun. 02, 2023
Very professional, great service!
- Sep. 06, 2022
Was there today, the one by Settlers Cabin Park, Jess did a fantastic job taking care of my problem ... with my glasses, Thankyou so very much , Five Stars!!!!!!!!!!!
- Sep. 06, 2022
I will start by saying this is kind of a double sided review. Suzanne was not kind and had a very sn... ooty attitude. She sounds like she has no personality but the other office members were so kind to me about picking out glasses options. Jessica was always my go to, but Jake seems to be a great addition to the office. Not everyone can be perfect, but she really needs to watch her language in front of customers. Suzanne swore a lot and there were children there.
- Sep. 01, 2022
I came in towards the end of the day and Jake was kind enough to take his time and explain what cont... acts I could order. He was very knowledgeable and helped me understand my lens options as well. Keep up the good work!
- Aug. 31, 2022
Always have a great experience at VisionMakers!
- Aug. 23, 2022
The office staff was great. The doctor was thorough and my family was well taken care of. Thank you ... Jess and Jake!
- Jun. 23, 2022
I have been going to VisionMakers for several years now and they are wonderful to deal with! From th... e ease of getting an appointment to the selection of frames, everything is top notch. Dr. Jancaro and his staff are thorough, knowledgeable, and very personable. Definitely recommend them for all your eye care needs.
- Jun. 14, 2022
First time at the Pittsburgh location. Have been a longtime patient at the Kettering location and it... was awesome! Everyone it PIT took great care of me and made me feel like I still had a sense of home here.
- Apr. 13, 2022
Visonmakers makers has been my go to since I moved to Pittsburgh almost 10 years ago. Dr. Jancaro is... knowledgeable, patient, and incredibly approachable. Jess, Sarah, and Susanne are so friendly and great for help with picking the right frames. Ordering and checkout for frames and contacts is a breeze. Go see for yourself!
- Nov. 04, 2021
My husband and I have been going here for many years, and I have recommended many! Always treated we... ll and always satisfied with their service! The doctors have been great there and the current one is friendly, explains any issues in eye exam very well, and I have nothing but good to say about Visionmakers! Jessica has been there a long time and is so personable (as well as all the other front office staff) and is always there to accommodate! They have an excellent warranty/exchange policy which we have had to use. I give them an A++++ Excellent rating!
- Aug. 19, 2021
I am so thankful that I took my son to Visionmakers to get fitted for contacts. Visionmakers class ... for contacts is a must have! Jess was so patient with him. He has anxiety and I wasn't sure if he would be able to do it on his own. Jess was amazing! The eye doctor and staff were very kind and professional.
- Jul. 28, 2021
Wonderful place!! Friendly staff

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Consult VisionMakers - Pittsburgh for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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