Doctors blame surge of eye disorder cases on excessive computer, smartphone use

Doctors blame surge of eye disorder cases on excessive computer, smartphone use
(Source: KAIT-TV)

(KAIT/NBC) - Spellbound by your smartphone? Optometrists see an uptick in a condition commonly found in elderly patients.

A condition known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction usually plagues the elderly.

However, Dr. Michael Chavez says he's seeing an uptick of patients and many of them still in their teens.

The little-known meibomian glands are the tiny ducts in your eyelids. Moisture evaporates too fast when you don't blink.

The condition damages the glands and once they're gone, there's no getting them back.

"There is a classic rule called the 20-20-20 rule," Dr. Chavez explains. "Every 20 minutes in front of a computer, you're supposed to take a 20-second break and look 20 feet away. At that break, just squeeze on your eyelids about 10 times."

Dr. Michael Chavez says a dose of fish oil every day can boost the quality of the oil in the eyes.

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