Thursday, 12 January 2017

Smartphone use ups dry-eye risk in kids

Seoul: Kids who spend a lot of time on their smartphones and computer devices may be at high risk of developing dry eye disease, scientists warned.
Researchers from Chung Ang University Hospital in South Korea showed that increased video display terminal (VDT) use such as smartphones or computers in children was found to be associated with the occurrence of ocular surface symptoms.
“We enrolled 916 children and performed an ocular exam that included slit lamp exam and tear break-up time. A questionnaire administered to children and their families consisted of VDT use, outdoor activity, learning and modified ocular surface disease index (OSDI) score,” the researchers said.
Smartphone use in children was strongly associated with paediatric DED, however, outdoor activity appeared to be protective against paediatric DED, they said.-PTI

Source : DNA-10th January,2017