A study published in Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus found that smartphone and tablets could be contributing to increased dry eye problems in kids’ eyes. Researchers in Korea examined 288 children and classified them as either having dry eyes or having a normal, moist eye surface (control group). Smartphone use was more common in the dry eyes group than the control group. Also increased daily duration of smartphone use was associated with increased risk of dry eye disease. One interesting finding is that increased duration of “computer use and television viewing” did not increase the risk of dry eye disease, concluding that ‘smartphone’ use is an important dry eye disease risk factor in children, and that parents should monitor the amount of time their children spend using video displays, especially smartphones, on a daily basis.
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Adults are susceptible to digital strain. Some common symptoms are tired eyes, stiff neck and headache.