Headaches, Dry Eyes, and Eye Strain, Oh My!

dry eye | Walter John Murrell MD amarillo tx The many technological advances that have occurred over the past few decades have propelled us into an era of being “plugged in.” When we need to check or send an email, we may do it on our smart-phone. When we want a little rest and relaxation when we’re not in the office (staring at a computer screen), we may play games on our tablet, or read a book on our Kindle or other device. You get the point. While there are no cold, hard facts that shout “Hey! All that technology is damaging your vision!,” There are signs. The increased number of complaints we hear from patients is one of them.

Some of the Consequences of Technology include:

  • Tension headaches. Pain from a tension headache may occur at the neck and shoulders. Often, though, it is localized to the forehead and temples. This is because there are small muscles in these areas that contract when you stare at a small screen. If you must use technology for longer reads, use a Kindle or Nook, which is developed to reduce eye strain.
  • Dry eye. Your eyes naturally blink a certain number of times when we are observing objects at various distances. When you focus on something up close, you instinctively slow your rate of blinking. The longer your eyes are open, the more evaporation occurs in the natural tear film. It is necessary to remind yourself to blink frequently when using a mobile device or other small screen, or even your computer.
  • Eye strain. When you look at a small screen, your eyes must come together more intensely than they do when you are looking into the distance several feet. The muscles have to adjust, and the pupils get smaller in order to take in detailed information. Generally speaking, the eyes are more comfortable in a parallel position, not when they are forced to converge to a “centerpoint.”

We have several reasons for unplugging from technology as often as possible. Reducing the negative effects on the eyes is one more to add to a growing list.

Are you suffering from chronic dry eye syndrome? Get the help you need in our Amarillo office. Call 806-351-1177.

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

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What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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