DIGITAL EYE STRAIN MEANING & SERIOUSNESS
Digital eye strain is a symptom of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Although it is not disease but a condition of visual & neurological discomfort caused by excessive use of digital screens. Untreated digital eye strain might give birth to other problems like headache, bad mood, fatigue & irritation, migraine attack, significant reduction in overall productivity etc. It should be noted that digital eyestrain alone neither cause injury nor spread from one person to another but there are scientific studies about certain causes of digital eye strain that can accelerate permanent blindness. So if one is experiencing eyestrain in front of screens then it makes a lot of sense to prevent & treat it by getting in touch with an eye care professional or ophthalmologist.
INDIAN TECHIES ARE BECOMING THE VICTIMS OF DIGITAL EYE STRAIN
India is a country that generates a huge number of techies every year. As per a survey by technology community website named TechGig, 84% of programmers learn to code by 24 years of age. Coding is something which is better understood when done practically on a computer/ laptop. Moreover one can not make & test a software program on a piece of paper. Our Indian techies work rigorously to code, compile and make a program work due to which they are more exposed to the harmful strong rays of computer as compared to a normal user. Some techies admit that they spend even 15 hours in front of digital screens and experience eye strain. As per the internal statistics of Zebriana® most of the people who look for treatment for computer vision syndrome were technology geeks. It should be understood that not only software programmers but other people also like bloggers, graphic designers etc who use technology to earn their bread and butter also fall in the techie segment and should be careful about their eye health.
CAUSES & LONG TERM EFFECTS OF DIGITAL EYE STRAIN ON TECHIES
Only a person who spends time in front of electronic screens experiences digital eye strain. This condition of visual discomfort should not be confused with simple eye strain due to refractive errors like myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism etc that arises when the error is not fixed by ocular methods. Although if you have refractive errors then it is more likely for you to experience digital eye strain with even more intensity. Since digital technology is a subject that is still very new and hence studies are still going on. So it will be a bit difficult to tell about digital eye strain long term effects. Although scientists of top health institutes like UT (University of Toledo) & NIH (National Institute of Health) have concluded after a long research that blue light which is a key cause of such eye strain, can cause blindness in a speedy manner.
DIGITAL EYE STRAIN STATISTICS & REPORTS BASED ON SCIENTIFIC STUDIES
There have been many studies & research conducted about digital eye strain and its causes. Here we will discuss few interesting statistics and share only strong authority websites which may help you to dig more information about the discussed problem.
Vision counsel of America conducted a survey and found that:-
– 33 % experienced digital eye strain
– 80% people reported using digital devices an hour prior to sleep
– 15% participants reported that they have noticed reduced attention span in their children after being exposed to the digital screens.
Web-links about the scientific studies:
- Prevalence, measurement and amelioration https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6020759
- Management of digital eye strain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29797453
METHODS FOR DIGITAL EYE STRAIN PREVENTION & TREATMENT