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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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- Jan. 03, 2024
The most outstanding experience. Dr. Wendy is a true sweetheart. She took her time to explain all th... e basics. She has a very calm, sweet and soothing aura that makes you feel like everything in life is going to be alright 😄 we need more people like Dr. Wendy!!!
- Dec. 13, 2023
Ritz Carlton Service Level! The staff are very professional and nice. Dr. Wendy is super professiona... l, highly trained with extensive knowledge, and will give you all the time to explain everything to the customer. They also have a good variety of frames. Pros: Very clean, good parking spots, professional staff, high-end fast service. Cons: I honestly don't have any!
- Dec. 06, 2023
Been coming here for 3 years, never left anything but highly satisfied. Dr. Wendy is extremely patie... nt and happy to answer questions, eye exams are quick and efficient, all staff members are super sweet. They are transparent about costs, a refreshing departure from most of the medical industry. I don't even live in Bellevue anymore but don't have the heart to find anyone closer, y'all rock!
- Oct. 02, 2023
Amazing, been coming here for years!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Optometrist and optician who provided service for me today were very welcoming, knowledgeable, and h... elpful. The optician (sorry, forgot her name!) went above and beyond to help me fix my sunglasses. Unlike many other clinics I've been to, they were not pushy and did not try to sell me something I did not need. I would highly recommend this clinic.
- Dec. 20, 2022
Excellent customer service and treatment and my son felt very comfortable. Thank you for such excell... ent service.
- Dec. 10, 2022
Very friendly staff and Dr. Hoang is great!
- Sep. 28, 2022
Highly recommend them! Dr. Huang listens to my need, and open to adjustment! My prescription is str... ong, and hard to fit, but very happy with the result! I got both contact lens and frame glasses with them. With the contact lens they fit me, I'm able to wear contact lens for the whole day and almost every day. Previously, I had to take a break. Now I can take off the contacts when I'm about to sleep, and put them in when I wake up. I also like the frame glass from them. The assistant help me to pick frames. The new frame sits so well on my asian face, and doesn't touch my cheeks at all. Very happy!
- Aug. 11, 2022
Amazing doctor and staff 🙂
- Aug. 04, 2022
Literally the best customer service I've ever gotten anywhere. From the appointment scheduling to wh... en I picked up my glasses, everyone who works here have been kind and helpful. The eye exam itself was the most thorough exam I've ever gotten. Dr Hoang, Nikki and Luba were very patient and welcoming. Nikki explained my insurance coverage line by line, going over all the alternative options. When I was picking frames, she even collected all the frames that suited what I was looking for and put them all on the table for me to try on. She also tweaked the frames that I was interested in so that I'd know accurately how they fit before making a decision. The glasses took about ~2 weeks to come in. When I picked it up this morning, Luba took the time to fix my glasses over and over until they were comfortable and not falling off. She was patient and kind, didn't rush the process or made me feel like I was bothering her (this is true for the everyone here). Can't recommend this place enough. Great service, great exam, great glasses.
- Jun. 29, 2022
Great place for an eye exam. They offer a great selection of frames too. Dr. Huang was very informat... ive and explained my overall eye health and hygiene tips to prep me for LASIK. I would highly recommend!
- May. 26, 2022
Excellent service as always. Will continue with my eye care, the staff from the front to the back al... ways helpful and thorough.
- May. 10, 2022
I'm so glad I found Vision Plus Bellevue years ago. Dr Huang and her staff are excellent, take such... good care of me, the office is run smoothly and professionally, and they manage insurance without any effort from me! 5 stars!
- Feb. 22, 2022
I am an optometrist myself and I was greatly impressed by Vision Plus Bellevue and its entire team. ... Dr. Huang is a skilled optometrist with great bedside manners. Nikki is a personable optical assistant who is always on top of things. I think one of the reasons why Vision Plus Bellevue is so well run is because of its office manager, Luba. She is a proficient optician who demonstrates patience and exceptional quality of care. Overall, I highly recommend this optical.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Nikki is awesome! Everyone is. Nikki especially is so patient and helps me pick the best designs, su... per communicative, and very professional. I have been seeing them for 2 years now and they will be my permanent people!
- Feb. 10, 2022
Excellent doc. Wonderful staff. Great service. Thorough exam. Yay, Vision Plus!
- Jan. 06, 2022
We have been going to Vision Plus Bellevue since we moved here last summer. The staff is amazing and... always accommodating to help us. I have a 10 year old that constantly needs help With his glasses and the staff is always ready to help and in a good mood. I also just took my 5 year old for a Well check up and Dr. Wendy is AMAZING She was very patient, explaining step by step on what needed to be done! I couldn’t be happier we are clients of this place! Highly recommended!
- Nov. 19, 2021
I was seen at this fantastic practice this week for the first time. I will be a regular patient goin... g forward! They embody everything my prior provider WASN’T… they are incredibly sharp, professional and kind. Dr. super thorough, office staff very supportive. They’re good about getting you in sooner than later in this crazy mess, too. Definitely recommend!
- Jul. 07, 2021
All of stuffs are so friendly and very knowledgable. And the precription and lens fit me perfectly. ... I would not go elsewhere if they keep it up.
- Mar. 05, 2021
This is my second visit to Vision Plus Bellevue and honestly can’t recommend them enough! Nicole o... n the front desk is super friendly and detail oriented - she checked all insurance information and provided the best option for both my husband and me. Dr. Wendy Huang is super knowledgeable and thorough. She explained every little detail in a very relatable way and has great, modern equipment. They have a very good frame selection and I was actually a bit disappointed to hear that I can keep my current pair of glasses, which I bought from them two years ago.

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Consult Vision Care Bellevue for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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