This eye disease strikes children because of… screens

The little ones would be more and more affected by an eye disease that generally affects adults. The increase in screen time would be responsible for this phenomenon.

Health professionals keep saying it: screens are a real danger to children’s eyes, and for good reason. According to a recent study, the conclusions of which were relayed by the Daily mail, the little ones are more and more affected by an eye disease which generally affects adults… dry eye.

Specifically, this condition occurs when the tears are unable to provide adequate lubrication to the eyes. It normally affects people between the ages of 50 and 60 and, if left untreated, can be extremely painful. The eyes may become grainy, sore, red and sensitive. This disease can also cause irreversible damage to some of the tear-producing glands in the eyelids.

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“Never seen”

“When I opened my clinic 15 years ago, no children presented with this disease. But over the last five or six years, I have seen more and more children with dry eye My youngest patient was six, which was unheard of.”, said Sarah Farrant, optometrist and dry eye specialist. According to her, the increase in screen time is responsible for this phenomenon. Staying in front of a laptop, television or tablet for a long time would significantly reduce the blink rate.

But this activity would not be the only one to blame. For several years, the enthusiasm of the little ones for make-up has been a source of concern. According to many experts, it could also be fueling the increase in eye problems.

For his part, Dr Matthew Olsen of Thea Pharmaceuticals, which creates products to help treat dry eye, recalled the importance of guarding against this problem because this disease has a “tremendous impact” on quality of life. “We need to raise awareness among all age groups about the importance of taking care of our eyes“, he said in particular.

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