Dry Eyes in Children

September 1st, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

The pencils are sharpened. The supplies are ready…but are your eyes ready for the new school year?

The number of students complaining of dry eye syndrome is growing. While dry eye still predominantly affects older individuals, dry eyes in children are a growing complaint, as the number of children and college students now suffering from the disease is quickly increasing.

Prolonged computer use and extended time spent studying can lead to dry eye.  Studying between 18 to 20 hours is the equivalent of sleeping in contact lenses. Students should wear their glasses during marathon study periods to avoid the dry eye that is bound to creep up from wearing your contacts too long. The following tips may help your student as well:

  • Regular eye exams are a must. Before beginning school add a comprehensive eye exam to your “to do” list. Make sure it includes computer, reading and distance testing.
  • Head outside during the day. Half of college graduates become nearsighted and some studies show that spending some time in the great outdoors may prevent vision from declining.
  • For younger children, ensure that their workstations are arranged according to their size. Computer users should view the screen slightly downward, at a 15-degree angle and keep the monitor at a distance between 18 to 28 inches.
  • Make sure students adhere to what some eye doctors refer to as the 20-20 rules: a 20 second break for every 20 minutes on the computer.
  • Reduce glare as much as possible.

For more information on dry eye and possible dry eye treatments, call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-1501 or toll-free at (800) 733-9355.



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