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Young Adults, Living Better


Teens use their computers for homework, are on their phones for hours at a time, spending time gaming after school and on the weekends, and socializing daily online. This is how they have learned to communicate with the world. They spend most of their waking hours looking at screens. Homework is often completed online, too. What parents need to realize is that this affects their eyes. As a result of so many hours spent staring at screens, teens and young adults have developed dry eyes. 


People who use digital devices suffer more from meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD (which is a deficiency in the oil layer) than others. Dry eye occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears or when there is an imbalance in the tears. Eyes need to be kept moisturized, comfortable, and healthy. If managed properly, they can be symptom free; however, people who are on digital devices all day tend to be more susceptible to dry eyes. Fortunately, at 20/20 Dry Eye Spa, we can treat teens and young adults, so schedule an appointment for an evaluation and to set up a treatment plan.

Teens and young adults maintain their friendships through screens. They stay connected with peers through gaming and social media. Hours are still being spent on  mobile devices. They enjoy online shopping, online socializing, binge watching their favorite movies and shows, and they complete their assignments on digital devices.

The 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds

Remind them to take frequent breaks, use the 20-20-20 rule, and to practice proper ergonomics when using technology. Since they will never cut down on their screen time, making sure they get up and away from their screens is important. Don’t forget they also need sleep! They can rest their eyes and their minds. Recognize the symptoms, address the condition and seek treatment. 

Young Adults stressing their eyes looking at a computer and paper

Dry eyes are uncomfortable and can impact their vision. Everyday activities can become difficult, decreasing their quality of life. Recognizing the symptoms of dry eyes and seeking treatment is vital, because it can lead to serious vision problems. So, if you suspect your teen or young adult is suffering from dry eye, 20/20 Dry Eye Spa can help.

Call 408-433-0800 today! See how you or your teen can live better.

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