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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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- Apr. 14, 2024
My son has miopia and my last experience with an optometrist in the Katy area was awful. He was due ... for a new checkup 5 months ago but I have been dreading looking for a new place to go. After a long search, I found Dr. Haghighi online and decided to give him a try. Let me start by saying the service was amazing from start to finish. In the front desk, then the girl who assisted me through the whole process (I don’t know her name, but she’s awesome and deserves the praise), all the way until the lady who assisted me buying whatever I needed. The dr himself was very knowledgeable, made me feel safe in his decisions, was open for questions and just plain friendly. There was no wait either. The location is easy to find, right by La Centerra, with plenty of parking.
- Mar. 28, 2024
Great experience at Memorial. Marie at the front was super helpful, and Dr. Majeed was patient and u... nderstanding. Thanks for the work that y'all do!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Very friendly staff, warm and welcoming. Enjoyed my visit, thorough doctor overall great experience!... !
- Mar. 20, 2024
I enjoyed my eye exam experience here. Everyone was very considerate and patient. When looking for g... lasses I was helped by farid, very nice and helpful.
- Mar. 02, 2024
Great staff, Dr. very professional and Farid was of great assist.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Ive been a Memorial Eye Center Customer for a while now. Both at the Katy & Eldridge Locations. Than... k you so much Dr. Amna Majeed for a thorough eye exam and helpful tips to prevent dryness in my eyes. Really appreciate it 🙂
- Oct. 27, 2023
The front desk and the nurse were nice and polite. Dr. Haghighi was caring. He explained my issues a... nd best-fit treatment options efficiently. Overall I had a very good experience and I recommend this place.
- Jan. 26, 2023
I had a medical issue and they were able to see me right away as a new patient. Everyone I encounter... ed was so kind and caring. They all seemed like they genuinely enjoy their jobs, their coworkers and their patients. Not to mention the doctor was able to get me fixed up right away. He was thorough and made sure to explain at home care in detail. Highly recommend!
- Jan. 14, 2023
Memorial eye center, Cinco Ranch is the best. The staff Dr. Majeed, Dr Haghighi, Farida, Sai, Neha,... and Cristina are wonderful. Professional, accessible, and intergregral. Absolutely 💯
- Aug. 12, 2021
amazing people and very considering
- Oct. 18, 2020
I had nothing but the Best experience with Memoral Eye Care' which was once Today'sVision . Differen... t name but still Outstanding doctors and staff. I've been going to the Cinco Ranch Location for way more than 6 years. Best service and friendly staff all around. carmen cooper
- Mar. 21, 2020
The Doctor and staff are wonderful they really treat as family,. I've been going a long time when it... was Today's Vision.. Dr Mo and operation manager Kimi and the other ladies in office make feelme so special... I will always have my eyes examine and prescriptions filled through this company.. Five ***** all the way.... Carmen Cooper
- Mar. 05, 2020
I just would like to recognize and recommend Dr. Ali, as he’s truly the essence of a personalized ... Doctor who I felt personally cared about my well-being. I’m thankful his office is only about 5-10 minutes from my residence. I do look forward to giving him more future business🧏🏻‍♂️🤝
- Jul. 27, 2019
Great service and super attentive docs. These guys know their stuff and bend over backwards to keep... their new and existing customers happy. Very trustworthy.
- Apr. 17, 2019
Dr. Ali is super ! We recently purchased a house in Katy to be near family - could not have found a ... better eye doctor !
- Mar. 09, 2019
Friendly awesome Staff and Dr best place I have ever been to for glasses and now contacts thxTVCR!
- Mar. 04, 2019
Dr. ALI IS THE MAN, it's been nine years now in Cinco Ranch and you won't find a staff or anyone bet... ter.
- Oct. 17, 2018
Staff and Dr. M always friendly and helpful. I’ve never had to wait long when I arrive. I actually... look forward to seeing them. There smiles are infectious. They are the best.
- Oct. 13, 2018
Service here was exceptional. Staff was very helpful, professional, thorough, and polite. Dr. Ali wa... s awesome. He really took the time to explain my eye health, and his treatment plan. Loved my experience. My insurance covered my visit, and I paid a copay of $10. This location is in Cinco Ranch and they have to cater to their communities needs. I was unable to purchase a pair of frames as they were all name brand/high end, but saw a pair I’d love to have. Hope to be back soon to purchase. A girl can dream! 🤗 Great place when you’re really needing eye care. You’ll leave feeling relieved and refreshed. 😊 Thanks!
- Oct. 12, 2018
For several years I've continuously been impressed by their patient & customer service. Dr. M is tho... rough and explains patiently and Abby is amazing. Always so helpful, patient and honest. Shes always my go to with choosing glasses etc after Dr. M has done his part. Love them!

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Consult Memorial Eye Center - Cinco Ranch for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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