Screens lead to dry eyes in children

Screens lead to dry eyes in children

Experts warn that the increase in the time children spend in front of screens has led to the infection of those as young as 6 years old with severe eye diseases that usually affect adults.

Dry eye disease, for example, appears when tears are unable to provide proper hydration to the eyes.

This disease usually affects people between the ages of 50 and 60, and if left untreated it can be very painful because of the accompanying symptoms, including soreness, redness of the eyes and allergies.
Sufferers have compared how they feel to that known when chopping onions, with a constant burning sensation.

Sarah Farrant, a specialist in optics and dry eyes, said that she began to see children of primary age coming to her clinic with this condition. She partly blamed the spread of this phenomenon on the increase in screen time, since looking at the screen significantly reduces the rate of eye flutter.

She added, When I established my clinic 15 years ago, no child had this condition. But in the last five or six years, I have seen more and more children with dry eyes, as young as six, something that would never have been heard of before.

She pointed out that the widespread use of makeup by children can also lead to increased eye problems. If left untreated, these problems can cause irreversible damage to some of the tear-producing glands in the eyelids.

Dr Matthew Olsen, from Thea Pharmaceuticals, which makes products to help treat dry eyes, said the disease had been shown to have a “significant impact” on quality of life.

“We need more awareness of the importance of taking care of our eyes among all age groups,”he added.

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