Digital Eye Strain: The Scope of the Problem
Digital eye strain is now the most common computer-related repetitive strain injury among workers, surpassing carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
In 2012 The Vision Council conducted a survey of 10,000 adults, age 18 and older, about their use of digital media and accompanying symptoms of vision problems.
More than two-thirds of adults who report regular use of digital media devices experience symptoms of digital eye strain. Many do nothing to lessen their discomfort, because of either inertia or a lack of knowledge.
The survey also revealed a general lack of knowledge about digital eye strain as a real health issue. Fewer than one in five adults have heard the term; only 23 percent are aware that special digital-use eyewear exists that can help reduce symptoms.
Respondents' Regular Use of Digital Devices:
Desktop computer (67%)
Laptop computer (65%)
Video game system (30%)
Tablet or e-reader (26%)
Typical Daily Use of Digital Devices:
3 hours or less (20%)
4-6 hours (33%)
7-9 hours (22%)
10-12 hours (14%)
More than 12 hours (10%)
Primary Use of Digital Media:
Work or business (24%)
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