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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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- May. 02, 2024
Very friendly staff. The Dr. Is very knowledgeable and friendly.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Wonderful staff and the charismatic friendly Dr. Mary made this visit both informative, fun, and str... ess free. I have insurance but even their self pay rates are super budget friendly. Amazing place!!!!!!!
- Apr. 02, 2024
My kids eyes clinic favorite highly recommend!!👍
- Mar. 28, 2024
I love Windmill it's my favorite eye clinic, Dr.Mary is awesome and so sweet I love her, the staff i... s so nice and welcoming and the tech who btw is biligual she is so sweet and funny I love Windmill
- Mar. 25, 2024
Wonderful knowledgeable staff. Great place!
- Mar. 10, 2024
My experience with appointments at Windmill Eye Associates have always been positive.
- Feb. 01, 2024
My experience was that of a mother who arrived very worried, and I was lovingly attended to, welcome... d, an excellent and very human doctor, welcomed me as a doctor and as a mother. Rcommend absolutely.
- Nov. 21, 2023
Today is the first time I’ve seen Dr. Mary Hemphill and it was an absolute pleasure. She is the mo... st thorough optometrist I’ve ever seen. She’s professional, caring, and extremely personable. I’ll be back!!
- Jul. 24, 2023
Dr. Hemphill is very helpful and informative during your eye exam. She helps you understand your eye... s better and is thorough in explaining what kind of eye care you need. Highly recommend.
- Sep. 19, 2022
Everything about this place is wonderful. It's a very clean establishment and the staff is all super... nice and friendly. Dr. Mary is the sweetest doctor I have ever met. She's very knowledgeable and explains everything. Great with kids as well. Highly recommend!!
- Sep. 23, 2021
My husband and I have been going here for years. Staff is wonderful. We have been treated by both ... eye Drs and both are wonderful!
- Jan. 29, 2021
Dr Mary was fantastic with all four of my children. She made everyone very comfortable and her exper... ience and expertise was very appreciated. Her staff was also very accommodating and helpful.
- Jul. 30, 2020
My family and I have gone here for years and we love it! Dr. Lozado is so sweet and explains everyth... ing thoroughly to us. He also speaks Spanish which is so helpful since my mom only understands Spanish. We have always been treated with respect and will never go to another place.
- Feb. 14, 2020
Best eye doctor I've ever....seen 😎
- Sep. 12, 2019
I see Dr. Lozado and have been for about a year. He has been helpful every step of the way with my d... ry eye and eye health overall. Definitely would recommend!
- May. 24, 2019
My grand daughter and I have both used them in the past and they definitely deserve 5 stars.
- Jul. 06, 2018
I went there today for my first time. I saw Dr. Hemphill and she is the friendliest doctor I have ev... er seen. She was so thorough at explaining the types of glasses/lens’ available, was very personable and knowledgeable as well. I wish I could see her for more than my eye needs.
- Apr. 19, 2018
Dr.Mary is amazing me and my daughter kailynn love her. She will go above and beyond to make sure yo... u are getting what you need. She is truly the best I have ever came across in the health care field. She knows her job and knows it well. We are moving out of state but I will definitely make the drive because she's that good, and I know I will never find another Dr. Mary anywhere.
- Mar. 23, 2015
I absolutely love Dr. Mary!!! She is very thorough, knowledgeable & personable. I absolutely enjoy h... er appointments. She likes to dig to the root of your problem not just cover the surface stuff. She will also follow up with you to make sure everything is going well. She always leaves me with "call me if you need anything." I wish all doctors were like her. I enjoy her practice so much I have paid out of pocket when I didn't have any insurance. She is worth every penny!
- Feb. 20, 2013
I just had an appointment there with Dr. Hemphill for my 6 year old daughter. She was fantastic and... will become the eye doctor that our whole family uses! The office staff was great as well. I would recommend their office to anyone!

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Consult Windmill Eye Associates for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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