There is an increase in dry eye symptoms among younger patients due to excessive use of digital devices, a study has said. Dr. Amber Gaume Giannoni, a local optometry specialist with the College of Optometry at the University of Houston, said the more children stare at a screen, the less they tend to blink, which results in dry eye symptoms, because blinking helps stimulate the glands used to moisturise the eyes. Also Read - Starlink told to get license before offering satellite-based internet services in India by govt
The study also showed that children as young as eight can spend six hours a day in front of a screen. Giannoni suggested parents set limits to their children’s screen time and pay attention to such symptoms as forcefully blinking, eye rubbing and eye redness. Also Read - Gujrat government offering farmers up to Rs 1,500 to buy a smartphone
She recommended a method of 20-20-20 to decrease digital eye strain — a 20-second break for every 20 minutes of staring at a digital device, and looking 20 feet (about six metres) away or somewhere off into the distance.