Malaga, Nov (SF) .- With the increase in prolonged use of electronic devices, cases of Dry Eye Syndrome have raised which occurs when the eye area dries and swells, specialists say.

Ophthalmologists warn that the habits of life of today’s society require living together with elements that can be harmful to the body, if appropriate measures are not taken. This is the case of the recurring use of mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices that involve the intermediation of a screen.

“When we pay attention to our mobile or electronic tablet, the frequency of flickering is reduced, which means that the tear film renewal time is prolonged, explains Dr. Nabil Ragaei Kamel, Head of the Ophthalmology Service and the Unit of Refractive Surgery of the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella (Málaga).

Also, Ragaei has ensured that the cases detected in consultation related to this ocular pathology are leading a very prominent growth and has also stressed that statistics are concentrated in younger and younger generations.

“It can be called the disease of the 21st century because we are currently making greater visual effort with all types of screens available for children and adolescents and because we frequent drier environments derived from pollution or the use of air conditioners”

The main symptoms of dry eye is itching, dryness and, although it seems paradoxical, constant crying is also an indication.


In this regard, the ophthalmologist of the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella has explained that “the dry eye defends itself in a reflex way producing more moisture, using the tear of emotional tears, which has a different physiology.

The tear system is not able to drain the excess and ends up pouring in the form of tearing (epiphora), which is why it is known as paradoxical tearing because it is the dry eye that makes you cry. ”

Both dryness and continuous tearing of the eye can affect the patient’s quality of life, causing burning, gritty sensation, blemishes and even visual loss. And ultimately it can lead to eye infections and tear ducts.

According to the conclusions exposed in the last national congress of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO) there is no evidence at present to say that the blue light emitted by the screens affects the eye.

In his opinion, studies carried out with human beings confirming or rejecting the alleged damage are not sufficient and, therefore, the supposed benefit of blue eye filters is also rejected.

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