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5 Tips for Digital Eye Strain

Published on Jan 23, 2018 and last reviewed on Mar 13, 2019   -  1 min read

Abstract

Today, eye strain due to the excessive use of gadgets is becoming too commonplace, and no age group is spared. We are not talking about a single eye problem but a group of symptoms that fall under the banner 'computer vision syndrome'. This article gives you tips to beat the digital eye strain.

5 Tips for Digital Eye Strain

This article is influenced by the modern world. Be it developed or developing countries, there is now easy access to gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, laptops, televisions, desktop computers, and so on. As a direct outcome of this, the incidence of dry eyes is on the rise among the population. What is shocking is it is seen in kids and younger individuals as well. The condition goes by the name of 'computer vision syndrome.'

There are many other factors which influence the problem of dry eyes like environmental factors, air conditioners, hormonal factors, female sex (related to hormones), chronic medications, any surgery on the eyes, contact lenses, poor hygiene, poor general health, systemic diseases, etc. All these are very common risk factors for developing dry eyes. But in this article, we will be focussing more on gadgets as a cause of dry eyes.

In this competitive world, classrooms have smart boards, children are studying on computers, and even homework is given and completed on the computers. Children end up spending prolonged hours in front of a screen. And as if this was not enough, parents hand over their mobile phones to their child in a bid to make them smarter. But this has also become the need of the hour.

So, Why Should We Worry?

When we use devices for long hours, our eyes start feeling tired, become watery, may sometimes become red, and increased blinking rate occurs.

With increasing severity, the person starts finding it difficult to work continuously and feels tired not only physically, but also mentally.

Tips to Counter the Ill-Effects

The major precautions to be taken to prevent this syndrome are:

  1. Take a five-minute break in between every hour of work.
  2. Try to focus on a distant object or to the sky.
  3. Keep your eyes closed for two to three minutes.
  4. Frequent blinking.
  5. Gently massage your eyes.

Some of these simplest measures can help in reducing the incidence. All these measures are helpful only in the prevention or in the early stage of the disease.

If you already suffer from severe dry eyes, ensure you consult your ophthalmologist at the earliest so that its progression can be stopped.

For more information consult a dry eye specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/eye-care-ophthalmologist/dry-eye

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