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Holiday Electronics Can Cause Eye Strain

Yet for all the concern over smartphones and other mobile devices and their addictive potential, there may be more physical problems to consider: Staring at tiny screens, it turns out, is drying out our eyes, causing us to tense up our facial muscles, and even making some of us feel dizzy. Eye doctors say the most common problem is that people blink far less when their eyes are straining to read text on a small screen. People typically blink about 15 times a minute, but the average blink rate shrinks 50 percent or more when a person is staring into a smartphone screen. There are more than just dry eyes to consider. As people squint at their screens, their facial muscles contort in a way that can cause headaches. People also tend to stiffen their neck and shoulder muscles as they read from the small screens, which are often moving, even if only slightly, as they are held in the user’s hands. This array of symptoms has been dubbed Computer Vision Syndrome. Tips to help out include taking breaks every 20 minutes or so from staring at the screen, trying to blink more often, and increasing font size.

Heavy smartphone users should also be careful to avoid too much reading in bed at night, as the blue light emitted from mobile devices can suppress the production of melatonin, which helps regulate sleep.

The latest iPhone operating system can also affect a person’s sense of balance. Shortly after it was released, numerous users complained that the rapidly moving icons — that seem to zoom in and out with greater nimbleness than before — triggered dizzy spells.

Dear Oakbrook Eyecare Family,

At Oakbrook Eyecare, it is always our top priority to provide everyone the best possible care, as well as to ensure the health and safety of our patients, employees, families and our community. We appreciate the trust you have in our practice, and please know that we take the health of your families very seriously.

We have been following the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak, and have been taking guidance from the CDC, AMA, and IOA regarding the best practice and management of patient care in this rapidly changing situation.

Starting this week, we will limit our optical hours for glasses and contact lens pick-ups to Tuesday, March 17th, Thursday, March 19th, Tuesday, March 24th, and Thursday, March 26th from 9:30-6:00 p.m. For contact lens orders, we ask you to contact us during the stated hours and we will make every effort to have the contact lenses sent directly to your home.

Our clinic will suspend eye examinations and be limited to emergency eyecare only. For ocular emergencies only, please call Dr. Franceschini at 630-240-1103. For other eyecare related inquiries, please leave a message and we will return your phone call.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and will keep our patients updated via our website and email.

With warm regards,

Dr. Franceshini and Staff
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