Who's at Greatest Risk?
More than 70 percent of Americans don't know or don't believe that they are susceptible to digital eye strain. But the truth is that anyone in front of a digital screen is at risk, regardless of age, occupation or lifestyle.
While certain factors can increase the possibility of digital eye strain symptoms, people who spend more than two hours a day on computers or other digital media devices should reassess their use.
The Vision Council conducted a survey of 10,000 adults, age 18 and older, and here are some of their findings:
Women are more likely than men to experience problems associated with digital eye strain. About a third report eye strain and neck and shoulder pain, and at least one in five women has suffered dry eyes (24 percent), blurred vision (22 percent) and headaches (23 percent).
Digital eye strain symptoms are common in adults under 55. But adults ages 45 and older are 14 percent to 23 percent less likely to experience headaches compared to their younger counterparts.
Individuals who primarily use digital media for work are more likely to experience symptoms of digital eye strain whether a higher incidence of eye strain (39 percent), neck and shoulder pain (42 percent), dry eyes (25 percent) or blurred vision (23 percent).
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