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Doctors say technology causes dry eye epidemic in young people

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(WKOW) -- If your eyes feel tired, dry or worn our by the end of the day, your computer or smart phone could be to blame.

Eye doctors say technology has transformed dry eye syndrome from a problem for the old, to an epidemic among young people. Experts say the new dry eye cases aren't eye disease, but technology addiction.

Eye doctors say people are staring too long at their phones and computer screens, causing tearing and blurry vision. Doctors recommend taking breaks from technology every 20 minutes to give your eyes a rest.

"People are staring at their iPhones, and their laptops and not blinking, which is causing evaporation of the tear film," says Greg Feinerman, and ophthalmologist. "They're staring at their devices for 12-hour periods and not taking breaks and that's causing the burning and the tearing and blurry vision."
 
Doctors recommend positioning your computer so it's a little bit lower and your eyes don't have to be open as wide. If your eyes feel tired or dry, use eye drops regularly to reduce discomfort.
 
"Look for ones that say 'for lubrication', not other reasons - not looking to get the red out, not looking for allergy symptoms," says Rachel Bishop, with the National Eye Institute.
 
Ophthalmologists say severe cases of dry eye can cause permanent damage and lead to other complications, so it's best to consult with your doctor if you're experience problems.
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