According to a survey conducted by the Vision Council, 70% of U.S. adults have experienced symptoms of Digital Dry Eye at some point in their lives with 60% having symptoms daily. Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. What used to be a condition predominantly seen in adults working desk jobs is now also affecting a much younger demographic due to advancing technology. Every year more than 10 million patients visit eye doctors with complaints related to Digital Dry Eye.
So, what is Digital Dry Eye?
Digital Dry Eye (or DDE) is the temporary discomfort felt after two or more hours of electronic device use. Devices include computer screens, phones, tablets and tv’s. It is known by other names as well; Digital Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome; but it all amounts to essentially the same thing. Too much screen time. Blinking helps the eye stay lubricated by spreading moisture over the entire surface area every 4-6 seconds. Staring at any kind of technology too long can lead to not blinking as frequently as needed, sometimes as little as every 13-15 seconds, producing uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Continue reading What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?