Dry Eye Disease? It May Just Be You Staring at Your Computer Screen Too Much

Study: staring at computer screens causes lack of secretions that mimic dry eye disease
If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, and you thought you had dry eye disease because of a lack of tear production, you may have been misdiagnosed yourself. A new study published by Japanese researchers in JAMA Ophthalmology found people who spend long hours in front of computer monitors exhibit eye secretion changes. These changes in their tear composition in many ways mimic dry eye disease, but these people don’t actually have the disease.

Normally people have plenty of protein called MUC5AC which helps to lubricate the eye. The study found people who spent long periods of time in front of computer screens had a reduced level of the MUC5AC protein in their tears.

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2 Responses to Dry Eye Disease? It May Just Be You Staring at Your Computer Screen Too Much

  1. Kay says:

    I had dry eyes problem. I used eyeprorectorpro break reminder.

  2. Paula says:

    I work for an eye doctor and we see a lot of dry eye patients. Yes, some of their symptoms can be caused by computer use, especially in the winter. However, this is a very real condition and in our clinic we saw a lot of middle aged women with severe dry eye. For those women, hormonal imbalances from menopause and/or the medications they were taking contributed to this condition. A lot of these women were taking eye drops every few hours to get relief and some of them were helped by a prescription for Restasis.

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