Experts reveal the cause of the suffering of some "children" eye diseases "middle-aged"

Experts warn that the increase in time children spend in front of screens has led to children as young as six suffering from serious eye conditions that usually affect adults.

For example, dry eye disease occurs when tears cannot provide sufficient moisture to the eyes.

This condition usually affects people in their 50s and 60s, and if left untreated, it can be very painful, with symptoms that can include sores, red eyes, and tenderness.

Patients compare what they feel when cutting onions with a constant burning sensation.

Sarah Farrant, an optometrist and dry eye specialist, said she began seeing younger children coming to her clinic with the condition. She blamed the prevalence of this phenomenon in part on the increase in screen time, as staring at a screen significantly reduces the rate of blinking.

She added that when I opened my clinic 15 years ago, not a single child had such a disease. But in the last five or six years I have been seeing more and more children with dry eyes. The youngest patient who visited me was six years old, which was unheard of.

She added that the prevalence of children’s makeup can also lead to an increase in vision problems. If left untreated, these problems can cause permanent damage to some of the tear-producing glands in the eyelids.

Dr. Matthew Olsen of Thea Pharmaceuticals, which makes products to treat dry eye, said the disease has a “significant impact” on quality of life.

“We need to be more aware of the importance of taking care of our eyes across all age groups,” he said.

Source: Daily Mail