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Pandemic Brings More Screen Time, Dry Eye Concerns, Alcon Study Suggests

80% said their screen time had increased.




FORT WORTH, TX – Nearly 80 percent of Americans in a new survey reported that their screen time increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And 60 percent of those who have increased their screen time are concerned about the impact that increased screen time will have on their eyes, Alcon stated in a press release. Among those with increased screen time, 45 percen reported that their eyes feel dry as a result of it.

The survey was conducted among 1,005 nationally representative U.S. adults. It was carried out July 7-8 by research firm Ipsos for Alcon. It has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents.

Alcon noted that its Systane Hydration preservative-free lubricant eye drop is now available nationwide. The product “delivers a new option for dry eye sufferers who may be using drops with increased frequency as screen time increases for many Americans who are spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the company.

“Over 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye, and this survey shows us that increased screen time is associated with symptoms of eye dryness,” said Sergio Duplan, president, Alcon North America. “We know many people are looking for over-the-counter products to provide relief for their dry eye symptoms and Alcon is proud to add SYSTANE HYDRATION as the newest option in our SYSTANE family of eye drops.”


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