Long hours on phone may lead to dry eyes
By Sistla Dakshina Murthy | Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 10:31 AM |
How many of you are aware that spending long hours on smartphones and computer devices will be great risk of developing dry eye syndrome? According to ophthalmologists, in dry eye syndrome, the eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate too quickly.
Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Its consequences range from subtle and constant irritation to inflammation of the eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and in some cases, loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision due to dry eye is uncommon.
“Women frequently experience the problem of dry eyes when they enter menopause due to hormonal changes. Dry eyes syndrome occurs due to lack of tears or a part of disease complex like sjogren’s or rheumatoid arthritis. Old age, high blood pressure and use of certain drugs may cause dryness of eyes,” said ophthalmologist M S Raju of Gayatri Eye Care Centre. Regular eye tests are important. “A sight test is vital for your eyes that can pick up early sign of eye conditions, many of which can be treated if found early enough,” he added.
“To protect your eyes from the exposure of computers, opt for sunglasses which cover the entire eye area. Another common eye problem in summers is conjunctivitis. Redness, prickling sensation in the eyes along with watery discharge from the eyes are symptoms to identify dry eye syndrome,” said Dr G Sandhya Rani, ophthalmologist at Sandhya Vision Care Hospitals.
“If people notice any such symptoms, never ignore them as that may worsen the infection. Immediate medical supervision and antibiotic eye drops should be taken and also, people should stop sharing personal belongings like a towel or handkerchief, if an individual is suffering from dry eye syndrome”, she added.