Survey: Individuals Report Worsened Dry Eye Symptoms with Prolonged Screen Usage

As the age of technology continues to blossom, people are spending upwards of 10 hours per day looking at screens—4 hours longer than recommended by physicians.

As the age of technology continues to blossom, people are spending upwards of 10 hours per day looking at screens—4 hours longer than recommended by physicians—revealing concerns about the development of chronic dry eye, according to new survey data collected by Shire.

The survey results revealed some surprising insights, including that 70% of patients believe they cannot pursue life passions without screens, and that many adults are more comfortable discussing their weight (41%), consumption of junk food (44%), time spent online shopping (51%), or their drinking habits (55%) than their screen usage. In total, 64% of the adults with symptoms or the condition reported feeling guilty about the amount of time they spend in front of screens.

Also concerning was the report that 61% of those surveyed admitted that even if their eyes began to bother them, they’ll continue to use their smartphones.

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