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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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- Feb. 23, 2024
Great eye doctor. Very caring and thorough. He didn’t push things not really needed!
- Feb. 22, 2024
My eye exam was thorough. The staff is friendly.I did not have to wait when I arrived at my appointm... ent.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Very professional. Easy to schedule, staff was polite and explained in detail. Front office was help... ful. Dr. Jones was considerate and my vision test went well. She answered my questions.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Wonderful staff. Dr. Tran is thorough and thoughtful during his exams. Look for to my yearly exam ev... ery year.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Always great service, and very thorough.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Loved the place.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Five stars for the staff! They are welcoming, personal, and attentive - but most of all patient! Lik... e many people these days, I struggle with decision fatigue so I take forever when choosing frames and I didn't feel rushed or shamed for how long I was taking or for asking for advice on how they looked. They gave me genuine opinions on them rather than saying they all looked good to get me to choose one. I think maybe they need more fashionable frame options in affordable price ranges so that customers do not feel they need to go elsewhere to get frames they really like. It may just be me as I am picky and have specific preferences.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend. Also, thanks to Betty for helping my daughter repla... ce her broken frames right before closing time so she could have them in time for a school concert.
- Dec. 07, 2023
The staff and eye doctor was very welcoming and respectful to my grandson,who has autism. Made him v... ery comfortable
- Dec. 06, 2023
Excellent work and have reasonable prices. Good selection of frames especially the ones with nose b... ridges.
- Dec. 01, 2023
The last behind the desk, I believe her name is Penny, she was so amazing and so sweet. Probably the... nicest person I have ever made contact with in a professional setting. She literally brightened my daughter's and my day with her wonderful energy, making us also feel so welcome. The guy begging the counter was so amazing too! He spoke with the doctor for my daughter and was able to get her in the next day because she was having pain in her eye, which turned out to be a scratch. The doctor was also so nice and so sweet. She made my daughter feel so comfortable, especially since she was super nervous. I absolutely loved this place and all their staff. This is definitely where my entire family will be coming from here on out! Thank you so much! I highly highly recommend this place for all of your families eye care needs!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I had my very first visit here on 11/28 for a basic eye exam. The staff are very friendly and I rece... ived a warm welcome. Dr. Jones was very pleasant, took her time with me and explained things thoroughly and in a way I could understand. Very happy with this establishment and will return for future visits.
- Nov. 27, 2023
This is the best place to go in the dayton area. Penny greets you at the front desk and has a cheerf... ul smile. The Dr's. are extremely helpful and take the time with there patients. Lisa was so very kind, sweet hearted. She helped myself and my four year old to pick out glasses and get them ordered. Betty was helpful when we picked up our glasses and took the time we needed with my daughter, we greatly appreciate all the staff and the hard work they do each and every day.
- Nov. 20, 2023
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
- Nov. 17, 2023
I had the best experience! All of the office staff were excellent. They made me feel welcome and at ... home. The man at the front desk is very helpful. The assistant who took the pictures of my eyes is very nice and has a lot of patience. The doc is very efficient and nice. I can't say enough good things about the ladies assisting with the glasses and check out. They are awesome!
- Oct. 24, 2023
Great job!
- Oct. 23, 2023
Friendly, professional and affordable
- Oct. 22, 2023
They helped me update my reading and far away glasses and Dr. Tran was very thorough in explaining ... the state of my vision. Penny was very helpful, and everyone was kind.
- Oct. 10, 2023
My eye was really irritated plus I needed an eye exam and they were able to get me in on the same da... y. My kids and I have been seeing Dr. Jones for three years now. My husband sees one of the other doctors, so overall we’re really pleased with this office.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Great experience! Amazing and accommodating staff. Dr. Tran is the best!

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Dry Eyes in Beavercreek

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Consult Beavercreek Vision Center for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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