Does Using Digital Devices Cause Dry Eyes?

Digital devices are now indispensable in our lives. At work, at home, while traveling, in short, we are always faced with digital devices in every field. Yes, digital devices make our lives much easier from one point of view, but they also play an active role in our health. Especially here, the issue of eye health draws attention. Apart from eye fatigue and discomfort caused by blue light, it is necessary to open a separate parenthesis to the dry eye caused by the use of digital devices. Let’s state that dry eye condition is one of the problems that need attention, especially for those who spend a long time in front of the screen, and let’s examine the issue more deeply.

First, let’s take a look at what dry eye is

In fact, dry eye, which is common in society but often overlooked, is a disease that occurs when the surface of the eye is not sufficiently moist and directly affects the quality of life. As the surface of the eye does not stay moist enough, uncomfortable conditions such as pain, burning and stinging sensation, redness and itching may occur in the eye.

In the later stages, this can even lead to impaired vision. You may experience focusing problems or pain sensations.

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The Relationship Between Digital Device Use and Dry Eye

Let’s get back to our topic. We can say that your risk of dry eye increases, especially when you stay in front of the screen for a long time. The drying effect of the screen on the surface of the eye and its effect on tear function makes you more prone to dry eye.

It is especially important not to forget to blink. Forgetting to blink in front of the screen means that your tears do not spread sufficiently on the eye surface. The risk of dry eye also increases, as tears that do not spread sufficiently will evaporate faster.

This is not the only problem caused by digital screens. We can also talk about vision problems due to too much focus on the close screen. In order to prevent all of these, you need to adjust the time you spend in front of digital screens well, and your sitting position and your perspective on the screen should be correct.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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