Screen time across several devices has increased for many Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington, DC, July 21, 2020 -- A new Alcon/Ipsos poll finds that many Americans are spending more time on screens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those who report spending more time in front of a screen, nearly half (45%) say that they have experienced their eyes feeling dry as a result and 60% are concerned about the impact that increased screen time will have on their eyes.

Detailed Findings

Screen time has increased for many Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Most are aware that increased screen time can cause eye dryness:

What can I do to protect my eyes?

At Astorino Eye Center we provide many optical solutions to protect you from blue light exposure.  The best options are blue light protective lenses such as BluTech lenses, or a blue light protective filter added to the anti-glare coating of your prescription glasses!

Otherwise, be mindful of your screen time and give your eyes a break! Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds to help your eyes adjust and relax.

How can you help me if I have dry eye?

At Astorino Eye Center we are experts on dry eye and chronic dry eye. This can often develop due to increased screen time. To confirm your symptoms relate to dry eye, Astorino & Associates Eye Center offers in-office testing that evaluates the quantity and quality of your tears.

The Schirmer test is a common procedure that uses small strips of paper that soak up your tears. Other tests help your doctor measure how long it takes your tears to evaporate.

Your doctor also evaluates your overall eye health to determine if you have existing issues that may contribute to dry eye symptoms.

How is dry eye treated?

While there is no cure for dry eye, your doctor can provide recommendations to help you manage your condition. Most often, the use of artificial tears can keep your eyes moisturized and free of debris.

In some cases, a procedure to temporarily plug or permanently close the tear drainage areas may be an option for preventing dry eye symptoms. The goal of the procedure is to prevent tears from draining away too quickly.

You may also benefit from wearing contact lenses for people with dry eyes, which help you retain more moisture in your eyes.

If you have chronic eye irritation or need help treating dry eye, schedule an evaluation at Astorino & Associates Eye Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.

Author
David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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