Continuous use of cell phones is responsible for generating dry eye disease

The Ministry of Health of Peru (Minsa) warned that being exposed for many hours to the screens of smartphones and tablets has increased cases of dry eye.

In a statement, Minsa explained that about 40% of ophthalmology consultations are due to this condition, which is difficult to identify by the patient because their symptoms are easily confused with other visual diseases.

‘Those who suffer from» dry eye «may have the sensation of grit and/or foreign body in the eye, burning, burning, roughness, sensitivity to light, a vision of colored halos, watery eyes, and mild itching’,  said the Ministry of health.

In addition, he noted that the dry eye is caused by the lack of lubrication, either by decreased tear production or by excessive evaporation of them.

‘Tears play a fundamental role in the care of eye health. After each blink, they form a film over the eye and remain stable for about 10 seconds. This tear film moisturizes provides nutrients and protects the eye from toxic substances found in the air’, the statement said.


Dry eye syndrome is caused by the lack of lubrication and sufficient wetting on the surface of the eye, this condition ranges from mild eye irritation to significant inflammation and in more severe cases causes the appearance of scars on the front surface of the eye.

The most common symptoms are red eyes, burning sensation, itchy eyes, tired eyes, heaviness in the eyelids, blurred vision, dry feeling, some of the most common symptoms in the condition.

The Minsa said that from February 4 to 6, a dry eye discard campaign will be held at the headquarters of the National Institute of Ophthalmology (INO), located at Av. Tingo María 398. While on February 7 it will be developed in the Parque Argentina, in the Lima district of San Miguel. The opening hours will be from 9 a.m. to 12 m.

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