New research has suggested that individuals who engage in prolonged periods of sedentary behavior may be at greater risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, involved analysing data from over 2,000 participants who had taken part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The researchers found that individuals who reported spending more time engaged in sedentary activities, such as sitting or lying down, were more likely to experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Dry eyes symptoms can cause discomfort, irritation, and vision problems. It is often caused by a lack of tear production, which can be exacerbated by environmental factors such as air conditioning, pollution, or screen use.

The new research suggests that prolonged periods of sedentary behavior may also contribute to the development of the condition. The study’s lead author, Dr. William S. Chen, commented that the findings highlight the importance of taking regular breaks from sedentary activities to help protect against dry eye syndrome.

This is particularly important for dry eyes with contact lenses. Contacts limits oxygen flow into the eye which is necessary to develop natural tears.

The study has been welcomed by experts in the field for its potential to raise awareness about the link between sedentary behaviour and eye health. However, some experts caution that more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between the two.

The study was published in the journal Ophthalmology and has generated significant interest among medical professionals and researchers working in the field of eye health.

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