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Dry eye disease for our Laguna Hills patients may be attributed to computer use

More than 93 percent of adults use some type of digital device at least two hours a day, according to the Vision Council. Statistics also show that 60 percent of us are staring at a digital screen at least five hours a day.

Due to the prevalence of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers, it is difficult to distance ourselves from our devices. They enable us to stay connected, and to work from remote locations when necessary. Though electronics may have increased productivity, they do not come without health implications, specifically for the eyes. Dry eye disease is a common condition for which patients from the Laguna Hills may seek treatment at Orange County Eye Institute.

What is dry eye disease?

Dry eye disease is a condition in which the eyes are either not sufficiently lubricated or cannot retain lubrication well. Digital eyestrain can be a direct cause of dry eye disease, which produces discomfort such as a scratchy or “foreign body” sensation. Eyes may burn or sting, may become excessively watery due to irritation. The person affected by dry eye disease may experience light sensitivity and visual disturbances.

Tips for keeping eyes healthy in today’s digital world:

  • Take frequent breaks from your digital devices. This includes your work computer, your television, your smartphone, and any other device that can cause eyestrain.
  • Did you know you are likely to blink 66% less when you are looking at the screen of your smartphone? Blinking is essential to the disbursement of tears across the lens, so blink frequently.
  • Lower the contrast settings on your digital devices. Also, set the appropriate distance away from your computer screen – about two feet.
  • Consider supplementing with fish oil or flaxseed oil to prevent dry eye. If your goal is to manage occasional dry eye irritation, you may use over-the-counter eye lubricant as needed.


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Dry eye disease is not always caused by digital eye strain. If you notice irritation on a regular basis, there is good reason to visit George Salib, M.D. at Orange County Eye Institute. Dr. Salib is considered an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease. In our comfortable office, we can help you find the solution that is best suited to your needs. Contact us today.


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George Salib , MD, MS

Dr. George Salib is a leading cataract specialist and top ophthalmic surgeon in California.

An alumnus of UCLA, Georgetown University, and University of Wisconsin Medical School, he received ophthalmology training at King-Drew Medical Center, a residency program affiliated with UCLA, and followed a fellowship in advanced surgical techniques at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Besides cataract treatments, Dr. Salib is also experienced in multifocal lenses, laser eye treatments, Glaucoma, corneal transplants, macular degeneration, Comprehensive eye care, Laser assisted cataract surgery, Dry eye and pterygium surgery. He is passionate about educating others on eye health and is committed to helping patients maximize their vision and living their lives to the fullest.

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