Dry Eye Cases on the Rise Due to Overuse of Smartphones, Says Expert

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Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital Offers Free Dry Eye Screening in Observance of Dry Eye Awareness Month

Bangalore, July 24, 2023: The rapid increase in smartphone usage and extended screen time has led to a concerning rise in dry eye conditions among the population, particularly in tech-centric cities like Bangalore, according to eye surgeons at Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital. In observance of Dry Eye Awareness Month, the hospital is offering a free dry eye screening initiative until August 15, 2023, aimed at promoting early detection and timely treatment. With the rising popularity of digital screens, the incidence of severe dry eyes has tripled, making it essential to take proactive measures to protect eye health.

Dry eye disease is a multifactorial condition that arises from tear film instability, inflammation, and damage to the ocular surface. Common symptoms of dry eyes encompass burning sensation, stinging, irritation, foreign body sensation, redness, transient blurring of vision, and photophobia. The importance of early detection and appropriate treatment cannot be overstated, as they are pivotal in preventing discomfort and impairment in day-to-day activities.

Dr. Sanjana Vatsa, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, highlights the crucial issue of dry eyes in Bangalore, stating, “Bangalore faces a crucial issue of dry eyes. The extensive use of computers and electronic devices in the city, along with elevated levels of allergens and pollution, contributes to the rising incidence of dry eye cases. Ocular allergies, in particular, impact tear film quality, exacerbating the symptoms of dry eyes.”

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“As an Ophthalmologist, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rise in dry eye cases, especially with the prevalent use of smartphones and digital devices. Early detection and timely treatment play a crucial role in managing this condition and preserving eye health. I urge everyone to be vigilant about their eye health and seek professional care to ensure comfortable and clear vision in their daily lives,” added Dr. Sanjana.

“Regular eye check-ups every 6 months to 1 year are paramount in maintaining optimal ocular surface health and detecting dry eye disease at an early stage. By identifying and addressing underlying systemic conditions such as Diabetes, Thyroid disease, and Arthritis, we can proactively manage and prevent dry eye disease,” emphasized Dr. Sanjana.

To reduce the risk of dry eye disease, Dr. Sanjana Vatsa recommends adopting preventive measures such as ” Limiting the use of electronic devices, taking regular breaks during work hours, using lubricating eye drops regularly, staying well-hydrated, and avoiding direct exposure to air conditioners or coolers which can significantly improve your eye health and reduce the chances of developing dry eye symptoms.”

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Regarding treatment options, Dr. Sanjana advised, “When dealing with mild dry eye symptoms, lubricating eye drops can provide effective relief. However, in severe cases, dry eye can cause discomfort, redness, pain, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light, affecting overall vision and eye health. In such instances, I recommend specialized treatment options, which may involve the use of oral supplements containing Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, berry extracts, and antioxidants. Additionally, Intense Pulse Light Therapy is an advanced treatment that stimulates glands around the eyes, enhancing tear production and  improves the quality of tears, leading to significant improvement in dry eye conditions.”

During this Dry Eye Awareness Month, Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital is committed to providing free dry eye screenings to patients. The screening will evaluate tear quantity and quality, identify those at risk of severe dry eye disease, and offer timely and appropriate treatment to improve their ocular health.

About Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital:

Dr Agarwals Eye Hospital, India’s largest network of eye hospitals, offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments, was established in the year 1957. Now the hospital is in its 65th year of offering quality services and innovations in eye care. It has 135+ hospitals across 10 Countries in India and Africa.

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