Valentine's Day, beware of "overdoses" for the eyes

Valentine's Day, beware of "overdoses" for the eyes

Tired, dry eyes, high blood pressure in the vitreous horn: the possible consequences of being too much in front of the screen

Full immersion of TV series. Or maybe long video calls. In times of Covid-19, social distancing and the need not to move from one city to another can represent barriers that lead to enter into romantic and interminable love stories to share on small and large screens or perhaps live "remotely ”Also Valentine's Day, the day of lovers or to let oneself be carried away in a long Sunday of passion on the small screen.

What do these situations have in common? They can strain the eyes and require proper attention to contact lens wearers. How to protect yourself? Here are some simple tips.

TV series, don't overdo it

If you aim to "detach yourself" from reality by entrusting your fantasies to the deeds of great actors / actresses who take you on a journey in long TV series, with real overdoses (hopefully alongside your partner) that can tire your eyes, keep in mind that the key word must be to avoid excesses. So you need to "disconnect" from the screen regularly so as not to force the image to focus constantly (be careful especially if you are on a Tablet or PC), to prevent your eyes from suffering.

According to what Assosalute recalls, spending too many hours in front of the screen can have negative implications, especially if for many hours already during the day you are also exposed to PC and mobile phone screens. The most frequent problem that arises is dry eye which in turn can lead to a number of different symptoms, from the annoying sensation of having something inside the eye to itching and the perception that the ocular membrane is " dry ".

As if that weren't enough, close vision (we are talking about habit, not Valentine's Day overdose) over time could increase the pressure in the vitreous body (a particular ocular structure) and this condition can cause the bulb to stretch. The result is that the eye "lengthens" and focus "gets high".

Not only that: it is also possible that a long application of the eye closely will cause a lasting accommodative spasm. In short, if looking involves a constant effort to focus, you have to "accommodate" and this can lead to asthenopia, visual fatigue.

Finally, the attention that the monitors solicit involves a lower frequency of blinking and this induces a chronic alteration of the tear film: this happens because the cornea, the transparent tissue that is located in the front of the eye, feeds through the oxygen dissolved in tears. The consequence can be the appearance of burning and redness, obviously if you overdo it.

And if you wear contact lenses …

For contact lens wearers, the national campaign “Healthy Eyes in Your Hands” declines the message in a romantic key for these days: “Love your lenses”. The important thing, in fact, is to use them well by focusing on simple rules to memorize, which are fundamental when using contact lenses.

Remember to wash and dry your hands before handling them, considering that the lenses must not come into contact with water. Be careful not to sleep with contact lenses unless the specialist has granted it to you, and disinfect the contact lenses with a new solution after each use. If you wear disposable daily lenses, throw them away after taking them off.

Following the manufacturer's instructions and the specialist's instructions. Finally, clean the case every day with a new solution and remember to replace it regularly. The messages are reiterated by the experts. “Contact lenses are a precious opportunity because they allow us to see well, without glasses, and allow us to do some activities in safety, such as sports – recalls Stefano Barabino, Head of the Ocular Surface and Dry Eye Center at L. Sacco of Milan and ambassador of TFOS (Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society). However, we must be aware that this great opportunity must not be wasted. Therefore we must remember to always wash your hands well, when wearing contact lenses, but also before taking them off. If you use, for example, daily contact lenses, you must always remember to throw them away after each use. "

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