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With the popularity of video games and online activities, dry eye is becoming increasingly prevalent in children and teens glued to their screens. The condition can cause permanent eye damage. But, now there’s an app for that.

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Increased Screen Time for Kids Can Cause Permanent Eye Damage

“When you concentrate very hard on a task such as on a computer screen, you blink less, and also instead of fully blinking you partially blink and so what’s happening is damage is being done to the front of the eye.”

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The blue light emitting from these digital devices can affect your eye's retina
The blue light emitting from these digital devices can affect your eye's retina . Flickr

Kids are addicted to cell phones, tablets ,anything with an electronic screen. The problem is, it’s bad for their eyes.

With the popularity of video games and online activities, dry eye is becoming increasingly prevalent in children and teens glued to their screens. The condition can cause permanent eye damage.

But, now there’s an app for that.

Optometrist explains

Professor James Wolffsohn is an optometrist at Aston University in Britain who has noticed something troubling.

“What we’re beginning to see is now with the use particularly of screens, digital screens, tablets, smartphones that even children are reporting dry eyes,” he said.

Tears contain oil, Wolffsohn explained, and your eyes should always have a thin layer of tears.

“The tear film on the front of your eye is there all the time not just when you cry. It’s less than the tenth of the thickness of a human hair, but without it you probably wouldn’t see at all,” he said.

Eyes Should Always Have a Thin Layer of Tears. Pixabay
Eyes Should Always Have a Thin Layer of Tears. Pixabay

That’s because, without tears, your eyes would dry up, likely get infected or scratched. With kids spending more and more time in front of a sc