5 Solutions for Dry Eyes and Gaming

david castello dominici KidEvery single person in the Triangle, no matter the age, blinks about every 12 seconds. Each time someone blinks, it coats the eye with tears. But for Raleigh and Durham residents spending hours and hours in front of the computer or TV playing video games, that 12 seconds can last as long as two minutes. Recent studies suggest some gamers only blink once or twice every three minutes. Over time, this can cause the eyes to dry out and dehydrate.

Those with dry eye conditions will notice a stinging or burning sensation, mucus, eye fatigue, and sensitivity to light, redness, blurred vision and trouble wearing contacts.

While dry eyes don’t usually cause serious problems, there are some very serious possible complications: 

  • Eye infections — Tears protect the surface of the eye from infection. If eyes don’t have adequate tears, there is an increased risk of eye infection.
  • Eye scarring — if left untreated, severe dry eyes can lead to eye inflammation and scarring on the surface of the corneas, which can lead to chronic vision problems.
  • Daily irritation — Continuous dry eyes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities and can be a constant irritant. 

Gamers or people who sit looking at a computer screen for long periods of time should be conscious of these possible problems and try these five solutions:

  • Take breaks. To keep eyes healthy, gamers should stop every 40-60 minutes. A break means getting up, walking around and looking at objects at far distances to give the eyes a break.
  • Drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated.
  • Mini-breaks. Rest the eyes every 20 minutes by glancing away from the screen at something farther away, outside the window or across the room.                 
  • Eye drop work. Gamers who feel dry eye can use approved artificial tears to help moisten eyes.
  • Wink Glasses are new technology. This new product is a set of glasses with tiny sensors to monitor blink activity. If a user doesn’t blink for more than five seconds, the lenses become opaque. The wearer has to blink to make the lenses defrost. The glasses are very expensive at $430 a pair, so our Park Ophthalmology advice is to come in for regular eye exams; call us if you have dry eye issues, and learn to blink more often.

Is dry eye a problem? Dr. Beth Friedland can help.

See your Park Ophthalmologist if you’ve had prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes, because it might be a symptom of a greater problem.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo: David Castello Dominici, freedigitalphotos.net

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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What is Laser Eye Surgery?

lasik patpitchayaNot everyone loves wearing glasses, especially when they think they have to because of the need for vision correction. Glasses often do not fit correctly. Sometimes they can get lost or broken. But there is a solution for many people. Laser eye surgery, performed by Dr. Beth Friedland – Park Ophthalmology, can correct a variety of vision problems and make glasses a memory. Many Triangle residents, especially those in our area of Raleigh and Durham, have worn glasses or contacts for many years.  Finding the idea of being free of those glasses is very appealing. Patients who have the procedure done might even achieve vision better than 20/20. There is however, a lot to know about LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) before making a decision. Here is a short course in laser eye surgery from the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery, or surgery that changes the shape of the cornea. The surgery can correct:

  • Nearsightedness — Seeing objects clearly at close range with issues involving distance vision.
  • Farsightedness — Near vision is blurry; more clarity with distance.
  • Astigmatism —  Disruption of focus for near and distance vision.
  • Presbyopia — Age-related eye change that results in the gradual loss of the ability to actively change focus on nearby objects.

It is important to note that at Park Ophthalmology, we recommend trying glasses or contacts for most vision correction before trying surgery. But LASIK can be a great benefit for a lot of people.

However, every benefit has some risk and with LASIK surgery those risks can include:

  • Under correction: This sometimes occurs in individuals who are nearsighted. The surgery may not give perfect 20/20 vision, which means the possibility of corrective lenses or additional surgery.
  • Over correction: If the laser removes too much tissue from your eye, the result is an over correction, which can be somewhat challenging to repair.
  • Astigmatism: This occurs when the eye tissue is removed unevenly and the situation can require additional surgery.
  • Glare, halos and double vision: Any of these problems may occur. Some can be treated with eye drops, but others might require surgery.
  • Dry eyes: Some people may notice a temporary decrease in tear production after LASIK, resulting in dry eyes. Eye drops usually will help this issue during the first few months, but you may need another procedure if the problem is considered severe.

Please note that some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. As with any surgery, it’s important to talk to Dr. Beth at Park Ophthalmology about the pros and cons. Make sure to mention any health conditions, and be prepared to talk to her about any questions or concerns.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit:Patpitchaya, freedigitalphotos.net

Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology