Many children would develop the dry eye syndrome, which mainly affected adults. Exposure to screens would be an aggravating factor.
Even with all the good resolutions in the world, today it is very difficult to ensure that children are never exposed to screens. In fact, tablets, smartphones or portable consoles are everywhere. While many studies describe the harmful effects of too much exposure to screens on children’s cognitive development, the latter can also have visible physical consequences.
More and more children are now affected by dry eye syndrome.
Dry eyes are usually reserved for adults
Several ophthalmic specialists made themselves aware of the situation in the columns of the Daily Mail. Dr. Sarah Farrant, optometrist and dry eye specialist, has noticed that more and more children are consulting her for a burning sensation in their eyes, as if they are constantly cutting onions.
A typical symptom of dry eyes, a disease that usually affects people over 40 years of age.
Screens with sharpening factor
Until now, cases of children showing these symptoms were quite rare, even non-existent 15 years ago. Sarah Ferrant didn’t look very far to understand where this rise in dry eye cases came from, attributing it directly to increasingly younger and longer exposure to screens during the day. The health crisis would not have helped in this direction.
This feeling had to be confirmed by a long-term study, because the specialist believes that other factors, such as the use of make-up, could also promote the onset of the disease.
A disease that can become serious
The situation should not be taken lightly, as dry eyes can cause irreparable damage to the eyes. The lacrimal glands can be permanently changed, which can have a significant impact on the patient’s daily living comfort.
Specialists are now calling for further studies to find out whether the increase in cases of dry eyes among young people can be attributed to screens and thus to strengthen the information policy on the subject.