Computer Screens Cause Dry Eyes

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, February 16, 2015

Computer Screens Cause Dry Eyes

If you spend a lot of time looking at computer screens, video display terminals or even staring at your cell phone or iPad, you won’t find it surprising that your eyes can become quite dry. According to researchers publishing in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, users of video display screens or computer terminals are at greater risk for symptoms of dry eyes and dry eye disease (DED). In this study office workers who used video display terminals (VDT) completed questionnaires and underwent dry eye testing. Of the 672 workers, 76.5% had definite dry or probable dry eye disease with the percentage being higher in woman than men and higher in office workers over 30 years of age especially if they used computers more than 8 hours per day. Thus, DED is common among young to middle-aged VDT or computer screen users. This is why it is recommended that anyone using VDT or computer screens of any type for moderate to long periods of time or even those who notice increased dryness or grittiness should take steps to try and keep the eye surface moist by using lubricants, artificial tears or even more aggressive measures if the extensive use of the VDT or computer screens is a daily event.

If you or someone you know spends a great deal of time using computer screens or video display terminals and is concerned about or experiences dry eye symptoms, please feel free to schedule an eye exam by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter so we help with your dry eye problems.

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