Screen Time and Our Eyes
January 24, 2021

According to the eye doctor, I have severely dry eyes. After doing some research, I discovered even those that do not have this condition need to know what lots of screen time can do to our eyes. Mine are dry from an autoimmune condition but hours at a computer and reading on my cell phone are just compounding the problem, it seems. Computer vision syndrome is what they are calling it and it causes dryness, blurred vision and headaches. Doctors are also saying that increased digital screen time can be associated with the onset and progression of myopia (near-sightedness). Research also shows that blue light emitted from backlit devices like smartphones and tablets could lead to macular degeneration, which can cause blindness. Several articles I read suggested wearing glasses that block blue light, taking long breaks from the screen, sitting at arms-length from the screen, increasing the lighting in the room and blinking more. Blinking leads to more tears and we need the tears. We tend to blink less staring at screens. Now I understand why my Rheumatologist insists I keep lubricant eye drops next to my computer. She has told me to put one drop in each eye every two hours anytime I spend the day in front of the screen. Due to this pandemic, I imagine most of us need to consider doing all of the above for the health of our eyes. 

 

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