Is chronic dry eye disease the new affliction of this generation? This condition is certainly showing up in more studies and articles, and that’s no surprise considering our eyes may be glued to computers and TV screens for many hours a day.
In fact, Prevention magazine just completed a survey of its readers in regards to chronic dry eye and computer use.
The survey was completed online with the help of Allergan, Inc., and included 507 women’s responses. It took place on May 21 and 22, 2014.
Survey results showed that 55 percent of women experience one or more dry eye symptoms after using a computer for extended periods of time.
Dry eye symptoms included in the survey are blurry vision, dry eyes, stinging/burning eyes, eye sensitivity to light, gritty or sandy sensations in your eyes, itchy eyes and excessive tearing.
Blurry vision (30.97 percent) and dry eyes (27.81 percent) were the most common symptoms experienced.
The survey also not surprisingly found that an estimated 66 percent of women completely agree that they spend more time on a computer today compared to five years ago.
So women use computers more frequently and also suffer from more dry eye symptoms the more often they use them. However, women who do suffer from symptoms don’t seem to use eye drops or artificial tears very often for relief.
The survey results show that only 24 percent of women with dry eyes used drops several times a day. And 42 percent of women with itchy eyes never used drops.
Of those women with symptoms, 53 percent never discussed their dry eye problems with a doctor, even though 77 percent of the total number of women in the survey know what chronic dry eye is.
Dr. Taz Bhatia, founder of Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and contributor to Prevention magazine, said in an email that she is not surprised by the results because she sees hesitancy in her practice.