We live in an era where technology and screen time dominate our working hours and free time. The current worldwide fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has further increased dependability on PCs, laptops, tablets and phones as a method of communicating with others, working from home and keeping entertained. With increased screen time and use of devices come a range of consequences. The eyes are the greatest sufferers of these consequences.
Individuals may experience redness of the eye on a regular basis. This is often accompanied by irritation, a gritty sensation or discharge being released from the eyes. Experiencing these symptoms raise questions for sufferers. Will they disappear? For how long will they persist? Can I be treated? A simple solution for most may be to simply regulate screen time and take regular breaks; advice we believe in and give to patients. However, we can do so much more.
Dry Eye disease
Our consultants at City Eyes are specialists in Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, known more commonly as Dry Eye disease. This condition is becoming increasingly common along with the use of screens and devices. Our expertise in this field is a stark reminder that we focus not only on vision and sight, but ocular health. The cause of the condition is specific to the patient, and can be determined from a range of tests. So, can your discomfort be solved purely by cutting down your screen time?
Whilst a restriction on screen time and taking regular breaks is certainly beneficial, addressing Dry Eye disease involves management. Our techniques, including IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), compression and exfoliation, alongside a balanced diet and rest allow patients to manage their symptoms and prevent their condition from worsening. Although ideal for ocular health, abstinence from devices and screens can be unrealistic for several people for multiple reasons. As a result, considering further management techniques for Dry Eye disease is advised.
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