Do you suffer from screen eyes without knowing?
Laptops, tablets, e-readers, gaming devices, phones, monitors, and TVs, we love them all and so we should. But we just don’t realise how they affect our eyes, or that the feeling of dryness and irritation, what we call ‘screen eyes’, is a result of all that screen time.
Five ways to tell if you have screen eyes
1. Are you a box set binger? With all those great shows on TV, it’s no surprise that 58% of adults say they enjoy watching TV shows back to back, without giving their eyes a rest.
2. Is your phone the most important gadget you own? If so, you're not alone: 27% of British adults say they couldn’t live without their phone
3. Do you spend a majority of your waking hours focused on a screen? Maybe you're currently realising how much you stare at screens as you look at this one. If so, you may be one of the 57% of British adults who agree they spend too much time looking at screens.
4. Does what people say go in one ear and out the other? You know you’re obsessed to your phone when you put it before your friends and family, like the 46% of British adults that say they have stopped listening to a friend, partner or family member because they were too busy looking at their phone
5. Do you look at your phone as soon as you wake up? 58% of adults say they are concerned about the impact of modern life on their eyes, but only 55% of people have ever taken any measures to prevent the impact of screens on their eyes.
If more than half of these apply, then there’s a strong chance you have screen eyes. You probably have screen eyes right now, even as you continue to read through this article.
How long have you been looking at this screen for? One hour? Two? Three? Even more? Screens are everywhere, and we all stare at them. All of the time. From the first moment we wake and inspect our phones, to when we unwind in front of the TV after a long day at the office and you guessed it, sat in front of another screen. It continues throughout the day; tablets and e-readers on our commutes, PCs and laptops at work, and TVs at home. They are fundamental to our lives, whether it’s work or entertainment. In fact, there’s rarely a time when we’re not staring at one.
Everyone has a vague idea that too much screen time is bad for our eyes and healthy screen time can be difficult to manage, but we don’t know why or really understand how much screen time affects our eyes.
So what is screen eyes?
Screen eyes is that uncomfortable dry feeling in your eyes that you get from looking at screens for a long period of time. This is because, when you stare at screens you blink up to 60% less, reducing the spread of tears across your eye, disturbing the protective layer of your eye causing moisture to evaporate. So the more you stare at screens, the more dry and irritated they feel.
What can I do to reduce screen eyes?
Reducing the amount of time using screen would be the ideal situation but we all know that can be difficult. Healthy screen time is important to our eyes and understanding how much screen time is best depends on the individual and how screens affects their eyes. Knowing the symptoms can mean preventative measures can be introduced to your daily routine.
Fortunately, whilst you begin to work towards healthy eyes, the uncomfortable dry feeling of Screen Eyes can be relieved by Optrex ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray for dry and irritated eyes, to help repair your Screen Eyes*. It’s been designed to rebalance your eyes natural moisture as you blink.
Spray directly onto closed eyelids, so it can work with your blink, to instantly relieve dry and irritated eyes caused by screen eye.
ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray relieves and soothes dry eyes, leaving them feeling refreshed, so you can get back to your daily activities, knowing that your eyes are taken care of.
To find out how you can prevent dry eyes and equip them for modern day life
*Dry and irritated eyes due to disturbed lipid layer of the tear film