Dry Eye Disease: The Digital Age Epidemic and the Solution by Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital
Dry Eye Disease is rapidly becoming an epidemic in the digital age, particularly in India’s leading IT centers like Mumbai, where screen-centric lifestyles are prevalent. The condition, caused by an inability of the eyes to produce enough quality tears, results in a host of discomforting symptoms and can significantly impact daily life.
Dr. Smit Bavariya, a Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital, links the rise in Dry Eye Disease cases to the post-pandemic increase in screen time, the use of air conditioning, and environmental pollution. These factors lead to tear film instability, causing a vicious circle of dry eye symptoms.
The hospital has been pioneering in its approach to tackling this issue by emphasizing early intervention strategies, such as education about the disease, modification of environmental factors, and advocating for proper lid hygiene. The hospital also encourages the use of oral essential fatty acids to help alleviate dry eye symptoms.