Screen-dry eye*

The time people spend using smartphones, laptops, tablets, games consoles, and television is increasing. It is estimated that the average person now spends approximately 8 hours a day looking at screens.1 The amount of time spent using these devices has been associated with the prevalence of dry eye syndrome in children, with a survey in the U.S. revealing that 80% of children reported eye fatigue and dryness after prolonged use of electronic devices.2

Screen dry-eye is caused by prolonged screen use which reduces the eye’s blink rate by up to 60%3 and can cause a disruption to the lipid layer of the eye’s tear film due to a reduced blink rate triggered by screen use.4,5 This disruption can lead to uncomfortable symptoms for patients such as dryness, irritation, and grittiness.6,7

*Due to disruption of the lipid layer of the tear film