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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. 09, 2024
I had a bit of an issue with a screw coming out of my frames last night. I came to this store today... based on the reviews I saw here and I was not dissapointed. The staff was very friendly and my main man Fred fixed my frames in about 5 minutes. Top notch place. Highly recommend!
- Apr. 18, 2024
Great selection of high quality eyewear, and Jackie was super kind and patient in helping me adjust ... a pair of my sunglasses that had a bent frame. Would 100% recommend coming here for all your optical needs.
- Dec. 27, 2023
Great experience at this lovely little shop. I was 100% that customer who takes forever to pick a fr... ame and worries about every penny spent...AND didn't have an appointment (šŸ¤­)..but Jackie and Casey were generous with knowledge, super patient and wonderfully charming despite me taking an embarassingly long time to choose (there were so many cute pairs-- shockingly in my price range). I finally found the perfect pair when all was said and done and felt so great about it. In this economy you wanna feel good when you have to make significant purchases-- I'm so glad I chose this Reston gem for my prescription lenses today!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I went to the eyewear gallery for dry eye treatment. The OptiLight treatment has transformed the hea... lth of my eyes. Before the treatment I was using artificial tears all day every day, and now I've been able to stop medicated eye drops and hardly use tears. Dr. Gammon went the extra mile and treated my facial rosacea as well, which has significantly reduced my redness and flair up discomfort. I am so grateful that Dr. Gammon added this treatment to her practice. Really appreciate all that you guys do!
- Sep. 07, 2023
popped in for a quick repair of my frames - which were not purchased at Eyewear Gallery. Very oblig... ing, got the job done and would not take any money. Very happy and thank you Eyewear Gallery!!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Iā€™m here from out of state & my frame got bent. I went in & they were able to fix them for at no c... harge & they were so nice!!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Absolutely incredible shop! They have a wide variety of options but most importantly their customer ... service is among the best I have ever experienced. Went in with a non-standard issue and they were able to get me exactly what I needed immediately. Highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for sunglasses or eyeglasses. Thank you!!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Had a truly incredible experience here solely due to Jackie. She made sure I was comfortable and end... ed up in the right pair for me, even as picky as I was! She provided excellent guidance and personal opinion, something vital in the glasses try on process. I will absolutely be back here and plan to switch to this office for my next eye exam because of how amazing the buying frames experience was!
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great service, amazing people! Specially Cinnamon who was friendly and welcoming. šŸ‘šŸ‘ Would rea... lly recommend this place to everyone!!!
- Jul. 11, 2023
So very helpful!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Very helpful and fast repairs for my glasses, thank you ladies!
- Jun. 27, 2023
Wonderful selection of eyewear- very friendly, knowledgeable, & attentive staff!!! Very impressed.
- Jun. 14, 2023
The Eyewear Gallary helped me with the repair my glasses on the spot. Amy specifically was very help... ful! The customer service was friendly, welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend this store to others looking for glasses or optometrist exam!!
- Jun. 08, 2023
I worked with Jackie. She is highly professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Everyone is profes... sional and very pleasant at the store. Glad I found this place. Thanks!
- Feb. 24, 2023
Absolutely amazing customer service. Went in to replace lenses on my sunglasses and the optometrist ... was very friendly and did the replacement within minutes. Highly recommend for fast and high quality service!
- Oct. 19, 2022
I was traveling and my glasses lost a screw. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. The staff was ... all smiles and were glad to help.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Conveniently located near the RTC pavilion next to FedEx and directly across from North Italia resta... urant. The screws came out of my glasses so I called to see if they could help me. The receptionist said a technician was available immediately so I went right away. Jackie was friendly, extremely helpful and professional. She replaced the screws in 5 minutes, something I couldn't do at home and trust me I tried! This shop is all about customer service and has a wide variety of stylish and functional frames on display. There is an Optometrist on site for all of your needs. I wish every business were as friendly, courteous and professional as The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center! 5 out of 5 stars for sure!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Came by for an adjustment fit for my new glasses that I purchased elsewhere and the woman (forgot to... get her name) that helped me was very friendly, nice, helpful and knowledgeable. The other two women there were nice and pleasant as well. The store itself has a great atmosphere and aesthetics. Highly recommended!
- Jul. 29, 2022
Jackie is very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very helpful!! I had spoken with her a couple of ti... mes over the phone before visiting The Eyewear Gallery. She is/was always very patient, and very kind with me answering all my questions. Today morning we visited her at the store and Wow!! Phenomenal service we received from her. My son was very happy to meet her. She has absolutely a great personality!! She was thorough during the whole process and spent as much as needed time without rushing us. After that I ended up calling her this afternoon as I was a little confused with one thing. Even though she was busy, she promptly assisted me to resolve my issue. Thank You so much Jackie for everything!! We truly Appreciate it!! Always a pleasant experience with you in-person/on phone!! Also the other staff I briefly talked with over the phone/in-person at this store were equally supportive and quick too!! Overall Great Assistance!! I'm glad I found YOU!! HIGHLY recommendation to this business !!
- Jul. 21, 2022
The staff were very welcoming & helpful! Helped me adjust my glasses promptly! Will return again! T... hank you!

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  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Consult The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center for Digital Eye Strain Relief

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

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