We stare at screens all day long. Computers, phones, tablets. Our eyes are looking at screens as much as 10 hours a day. We need these devices for work, entertainment, and everything in between. We can’t avoid them. As a result, our Central office is seeing more and more patients complaining of dry eyes related to computer use. This is know as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
Why does looking at a screen so long make you develop dry eyes?
When we look at a screen or device, we tend to end up blinking less. Why blink and miss even a second of your favorite Netflix show? This causes the tears to evaporate quicker. Your mucin, oil, and water levels in the eye gets thrown off. Then your eyelids get clogged and you have dry eyes. The eyes start to feel gritty and red. Ever notice how when you stare at a screen for a long time things start to look blurry?
What can you do to keep your eyes from going dry while on a computer?
Dr. Rogers recommends a 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, stare at something 20 feet away from 20 seconds. This allows the eyes to become moist again. Also, try closing the eyes for a few seconds. If you are still having issues, we are happy to discuss some of the latest eye drops or treatments available for dry eyes, especially those related to computer users. These drops can help lubricate the eyes.
Our Central Eye Doctors recommend trying Retaine MGD or EyePromise EZ Tears. A more advanced treatment available is Xiidra. Our patients have found it to be very helpful in replenishing the tear flow to the eye.
Dry eyes is the most common eye disease. With some of these tips, and if necessary, certain medications, you can go back to using your computer or device pain-free! Call us to learn more.