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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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- Jul. 11, 2024
First Eye 👁️👁️ Exam Review: The registration staff was very welcoming and helped me to ge... t check in on an iPad. The technician executed a series of tests for depth perception, color blindness, eye density, and a full scan of my vision. She was very thorough and explained everything she was doing. The doctor was very personable and intelligently explained the process to establish the necessary correction to my vision. After staring at a computer every day of my life for over a decade, I was expecting the worse, but to my surprise he told me the correction would be minimal and I didn’t need glasses. The salesman had incredible patience as I tried on nearly every pair of glasses in the showroom several times. I found a few pairs of sunglasses and very happy with the quality. The exam was painless and I’ll be returning for an annual checkup to this establishment.
- Jun. 05, 2024
All the time I need a new fresh look I always look for Macali Eye Clinic and Carlos is my Eye glasse... s Stylist, he always fit me with the best fashion glasses!thank you so much Carlos
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Macali and the team at Macali Eye Clinic have been helping our family for over 7 years. The appo... intment always runs smooth and they are great about communicating every step of the way through your appointment. Our kids tend to be indecisive when it comes to picking glasses. Their team does an amazing job of understanding what the kids like and patiently helping them choose the right pair. Their warranty process is also a huge plus for any accidents that may happen with our frame. Be sure check the out if you need glasses or contact lenses.
- Apr. 23, 2024
Every time I come Macali Eye Clinic, it’s always a pleasurable experience. Technicians Sebastian, ... Charles and Kyle are very fast, efficient and kind when doing my work up to see Dr. Holderby. She’s very knowledgeable, patient and kind and answers all my questions and concerns. Every staff I encounter are extremely nice down to the sales technicians. Very great experience, highly recommended !
- Mar. 13, 2024
Excellent experience, very helpful staff specially optician Mohammad, he is knowledgeable, helpful a... nd a very fun guy. Certainly recommend it
- Mar. 06, 2024
Great experience at the Macali Eye Clinic. Very thorough exam. Dr was absolutely the best that I ev... er had. I’m so thankful to receive such great service from such a friendly staff! I recommend 100%
- Nov. 20, 2023
Discovered this place on the fly, and found that the staffs were very friendly and helpful. I needed... a nose pad repair on one of my branded sunglasses, and they were able to find the right pieces to repair immediately. Highly satisfied with the service and recommend this place!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Dr Macali is absolutely amazing. I went the entire weekend with excruciating pain in my left eye. I ... called the office Monday morning for a emergency appointment, I was scheduled for that afternoon and by that evening my pain was gone! Thank you doctor Macali. You’re the best!!!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Exceptional customer service sets this eye care store miles apart from any others I've visited! A h... uge shoutout to Manager Andy, who has not only demonstrated an high level of kindness and helpfulness, but has also gone above and beyond to rectify a small mishap with an old pair of frames. The dedication and outstanding treatment I received from him and his team have not only resolved the issue, but have also secured them a customer for life!
- Oct. 07, 2023
Really nice place, I was helped immediately after arriving, Andy who went above and beyond to help m... e out with a specific request and had a smile the entire time. I will recommend this place to all my friends and family.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Highly recommend!!! This was the best experience I have ever had in eye care. I came in with a not e... asy situation and Andy and Maray were beyond patient, helpful, and informative. They were recommended by a friend and they have now gained a new costumer today. I will continue to recommend them to everyone I know. This is the best customer service I have received in a very long time and cannot wait to pick up my new glasses!
- Jun. 21, 2023
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- May. 04, 2023
Great location, place opens at 830am not 9am
- Mar. 31, 2023
I recommend the Macali Eye office; all staff was very kind and attentive. Excellent Service!
- Jan. 04, 2023
Robert rocks!!!! He totally fixed my glasses!!!!!!!
- Oct. 28, 2022
Friendly staff, extensive eye exam with options to do extra screening if you would like to pay and t... he building is always clean and neat.
- Aug. 30, 2022
This place is amazing. The staff is wonderful, if you’re looking for great place for your Eyecare ... needs, you have to check out Macali Eye Clinic.
- Aug. 29, 2022
The staff are very friendly and helpful. I really appreciate how the doctor explained things to me a... nd helped me understand some important facts about my eyes. Great experience and highly recommend.
- Aug. 19, 2022
My glasses had become loose and I couldn't read anything. They adjusted them for me with a smile an... d a thank you. Bless you all. I needed my eyes this weekend to work in a hospital in Jax. Thanks again
- Jul. 27, 2022
My partner and I have been clients of Macali Eye Clinic for over 15 years. From scheduling, to exam... s, to eyeglass selections and fitting, everyone there is professional, competent, and genuinely accommodating. And, Dr. Macali has always been thorough with his exam assessments, along with a positive and comfortable bedside manner. Although we don’t have eye insurance, I highly recommend the full exam, because it’s more thorough and a good value, knowing that the annual exam results are also updated in our patient records. As a professional interior designer, I find the physical environment at this facility not only beautiful and carefully thought through, but also stress-free, calming and pleasant. For any type of small business to excel in all of these areas, seems rare these days. Thank you EVERYONE for making our eye exam experience worthwhile and positive… every time!

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Consult Macali Eye Clinic for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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