Gamer and Dry Eye Syndrome

As the popularity of gaming and the professional E-Sports market continues to grow, so does the incidence of dry eye in gamer. This is caused by staring at a computer screen for long periods of time without proper eye protection and can lead to discomfort, irritation and even vision problems.


The American Optometric Association reports that 90 percent of people who spend two or more hours a day in front of a computer experience some form of eye strain, and gamers are particularly susceptible due to long gaming sessions.

Gamers can experience dry eye symptoms such as redness, itching, burning and even blurred vision. The blue light emitted from computer screens can also interfere with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, leading to sleep disturbances, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

This can be prevented by taking simple measures such as taking frequent breaks during gaming sessions, blinking regularly, adjusting screen brightness and positioning the computer screen to reduce glare.

Another effective way to prevent dry eyes is to wear special gaming glasses designed to filter blue light and reduce glare. These glasses are designed to optimize visual clarity and reduce pressure on the eyes, making them a must-have accessory for gamers.

In addition to these preventive measures, it is also important to consult an ophthalmologist if symptoms persist. An ophthalmologist can provide customized advice and artificial tears to alleviate dry eye symptoms, as well as technological treatment options such as Lipiflow, E-Eye or IPL.

In conclusion, as gaming continues to grow in popularity, it is important for gamers to take proactive measures to protect their eyes from dry eye symptoms. By taking breaks, blinking regularly, adjusting screen brightness and wearing special gaming glasses, gamers can continue to enjoy their favorite pastime without putting their eye health at risk.

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