Staring at screens for long periods of time can negative impact your eye health. specialist advise people to be more watchful of this as COVID-19 has forced us inside where people are watching more TV and looking at their phones more often.
- Dry eye disease is a general condition where people don’t produce enough tears to lubricate their eyes.
- It can reason an intense sensitivity to light, the formation of mucus around the eyes, red and itchy eyes, and eye fatigue, among other symptoms.
- More than Sixteen (16) million people in the United States have the condition.
- It’s more common in women than in men, while the likelihood of developing dry eye increases more with age.
What Causes Dry Eye
There’s no identical cause for everyone who has dry eyes. Aging is one of the main culprits, along with decreases in your tear production.
In addition, an over-reliance on staring at screens can impact your eye health, a common concern as COVID-19 has forced us inside, staring at computer monitors during endless video conferencing sessions and binge-watching your favorite shows on your TV or phone.
A report from the American Journal of Ophthalmology revealed that more than 16 million people in the United States have the condition. It’s more common in women than in men, while the likelihood of developing dry eye increases more with age.
A specialist and ophthalmologist, said dry eye is sometimes a condition that flies under the radar, since not every clinician is automatically looking for it.
“In my own clinical practice, it’s something I see in patients earlier and earlier. Patients sometimes see dry eye as always something that happens when you got older or have certain risk factors, but I’m seeing, these days, with our digital lifestyle, that something is changing,”.