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New results from the (computer) screen responsibly survey of 1,001 adults with self-reported Dry Eye or Dry Eye symptoms and 1,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists revealed unique insights into the relationship between people with Dry Eye symptoms and screens, including: 

  • Adults were more comfortable discussing how much they weigh (41%), the amount of junk food they eat (44%), the time they spend online shopping (51%) or how much they drink on the weekends (55%) than share their screen usage.
  • Adults agreed they cannot pursue their life passions without screens (70%).
  • Nearly two-thirds of surveyed eye care professionals reported a rise in eye-related issues that they attribute to screen usage.

While adults said that caring for their eyes and vision is extremely important, less than half reported using screens responsibly most of the time. With intense screening being a trigger for Dry Eye symptoms, Shire is hoping to help consumers adopt more responsible screen habits. To screen responsibly involves screen.blink.listen: keep watching your screens, but also watch out for your eyes; remember to follow tips like blink breaks as part of a healthy screen routine - and hear what your eyes are telling you and chat with your eye doctor about bothersome symptoms.

There are several approaches to evaluating dry eye severity in our office.  We utilize an instrument to objectively evaluate eye dryness for diagnostic purposes and as well,  be useful in monitoring progress.  Our doctors will recommend a series of eye drops during the day, eye gels at night, triglyceride fish oil preparations ingested daily and warming eye masks used two or three times a day.  In addition, high breathing, daily silicone hydrogel contact lens may be prescribed to reduce normal accumulation of build-up that usually occurs with reuse of monthly lenses.