Tech's Effect on Eyes

- You probably already know that Americans are logging a lot of screen time these days; however did you know that by 2015, each person will spend an average of 15.5 hours per day consuming traditional and digital media? That's more than half a day! Medical experts see a number of health implications from this increased screen time.

To get a closer look at this, Prevention magazine fielded a survey of their readership which found that, when using a computer for extended periods of time, 55-percent of 507 women experience one or more symptoms related to their eyes and 28-percent of 507 women experience dry eyes. Although 77-percent of total participants surveyed know what Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) is, more than half of those who suffer from eye-related symptoms (149 of 279), such as blurry or dry eyes while using a computer, have not discussed their discomfort with their physicians.

Medical experts suggest that people may be ignoring a progressive disease, CDE, which over time, can lead to damage to the surface of the eye, increased risk of eye infection, and effects on your vision.

CDE affects approximately 5 million people in the United States and is a disease that decreases the eye's ability to make and/or maintain sufficient quantity of tears for a healthy tear film.

Dr. Taz Bhatia, Prevention magazine contributor, author of the popular book What Doctors Eat, and women's health expert
Author of the popular book What Doctors Eat, Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD, is the founder and medical director of the nationally renowned Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and is a highly respected specialist in the practice of integrative/holistic medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine, pediatrics, women's health, and emergency medicine. 

Dr. Taz is well-known and highly regarded in medical circles for her unique ability to diagnose, develop, and apply the appropriate protocol for a variety of individual patient needs and conditions. Dr. Taz believes the synergy between women and children's health and its ultimate impact on the health of the family is at the core of her Centers mission.

Dr. Taz has been featured on numerous national media outlets, including The Today Show, Access Hollywood, Dr. Oz, CNN, The Weather Channel, and the list goes on and on.

 Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, nationally-renowned ophthalmologist
Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, MD,  is a nationally-renowned board-certified ophthalmologist and graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed an ophthalmology residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she served as the chief resident after which she completed her fellowship in Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine where she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology prior to joining Virginia Eye Consultants as a Corneal, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon. She dedicates her time to ophthalmology residency education as an assistant professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and currently serves as the chair of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery's Young Eye Surgeons Committee. Dr. Yeu is part of the course selection process for the Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting subcommittee of the AAO.

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