Optometrist Cautions Users of Mobile Phones And Computers of Prolonged Use...

An Optometrist at the Christian Eye Centre in Cape Coast, Dr. Emmanuel Ekow Ampiah, has cautioned the public against excessive use of mobile phone devices to avoid Dry Eye Syndrome (DES).

According to him, constant browsing with phones, laptops, and computers has a negative effect on the eyes and it is necessary for people to limit the use of such devices.

He stated that ‘‘computers television and other digital devices can cause dry eyes due to the use of these devices which affects how we blink.’’

He added that blinking is important because, with every blink, your eyelids spread a fresh layer of tears across the surface of your eyes to keep them moist, comfortable, and healthy.

The Optometrist indicated that Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is the condition of having dry eyes. Other associated symptoms include irritation, redness, discharge and easily fatigued eyes, he added.

He stated that, ‘‘dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when your tears are not able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, dry eyes may occur if you don't produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears.’’

Dr. Ampiah added that dry eyes feel uncomfortable, making your eyes sting or burn. A person may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking on a screen for a few hours, he revealed.

He noted that the condition can also make one develop myopia or be short-sighted. This is because looking on your screen limits the extent your eyes can see. You are always looking at ‘near’ objects and not looking far so your eyes are now adapted to objects close to you and objects far from you become blurred, he added.

In treating myopia, individuals can take a walk to the park and try seeing from afar and limit the usage of gadgets. This exercise can be done twice a week, he advised.

Individuals can also use prescribed eye drops to make the itching stop and make their eyes comfortable.

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