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Kristin MacLaughlin, VP Consumer Marketing for Content Watch, mother of three and always in search of ways that technology can help simplify and connect families.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Jan 11, 2017
Thanks to Jennifer Aniston and her famous “Eye Love” commercial, the world is now aware of dry-eye disease. Today most of us, adults and children, spend too much time in front of screens, causing our eyes to get stressed from excessive exposure to screen time from computers, smartphones, and tablets. If we don’t take a break from continuous screen-time, this stress can lead to further irritation, which stresses our eyes more – creating a vicious cycle of inflammation to our eyes.
For some, this can lead to a disease commonly known as dry-eye syndrome or disease. A study in BMC Ophthalmology found that the symptoms of dry-eye disease were more prevalent in children who spend more time on their smartphones and less time outdoors than other children in the controlled study group.
The study concluded that a leading factor contributing to the increase in pediatric dry-eye disease was a reduced blink rate when children experienced continuous smartphone use, causing faster evaporation of the tear film in their eyes. Researchers also stated that smartphones, due to their small screens and short watching distance, could cause eye fatigue.
It is important to note that during the study the dry-eye disease symptoms significantly improved when the children stopped using their smartphones for a month. Outdoor activity also appeared to be protective against pediatric dry-eye disease, children in the control group spent more time outside—an average of 2.3 hours a day compared to 1.5 hours by the dry-eye group.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Pediatric dry-eye disease often goes underdiagnosed and can negatively affect vision and school performance”. Below are a few tips to reduce eye fatigue and help prevent the environmental issues that can contribute to pediatric dry-eye disease:
The symptoms of dry-eye disease can vary from person-to-person, but below is a list of the most common ones that you may experience:
If you or your child’s eyes regularly feel dry, itchy, gritty or blurry you may want to consider making an appointment with your family’s eye doctor.