Don’t Forget to Blink: How Using Electronics Can Cause Dry Eye

Adults blink about 12 times per minute. This automatic eye movement helps prevents dry eyes by providing the necessary moisture to replenish the precorneal tear-film and prevent the cornea from drying out. Many people struggle with chronic dry eyes because they don’t blink often enough—and one of the main causes is our increased use of electronic devices.

Computer Vision Syndrome, also known as digital eye fatigue, is among the most common types of dry eye disease. It’s caused by prolonged use of electronic devices like computers, tablets, or cell phones. It also causes symptoms like eye fatigue and blurred or double vision.

Our eyes dry out when we use electronic devices because we tend to stare for long periods. This can result in incomplete blinking and fewer blinks per minute than when we engage in other activities. Because we don’t blink enough, our natural tears evaporate, and dry eye disease can develop.

One solution to dry eye caused by Computer Vision Syndrome is to blink more frequently. According to the 20-20-20 rule, you should look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of screen time. This will give your eyes time to blink.

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