Staring At Computer Screens Decreases Eye Secretions Similar To Dry Eye Disease

June 17, 2014 4:04 AM

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Staring At Computer Screens Decreases Eye Secretions Similar To Dry Eye Disease

There are occupational hazards in every field and the office-based ones are not an exception. Workers who spend long hours staring at computer monitors exhibit changes in their eye secretions, making the composition of their tears very similar to that of people with dry eye disease. This was the observed by a new study conducted in Japan. The results were published on June 5 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

The tear fluid that protects and lubricates the eye contains a protein called MUC5AC that is secreted by specialized cells in the upper eyelid. The Japanese researchers found that those who stare for long periods at computer screens, the levels of MUC5AC in their tears were almost as low as in peopl...

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