Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Increased Use of Computers, Portable Gadgets Leading to More Visual Fatigue And Discomfort

Vision problems due to computer use ...

"Studies have found that the majority of people who work at a computer experience some eye or vision problems, and that the level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use. But, increased use of smaller, portable work and recreational gadgets such as Personal Digital Assistants, laptops, and cell phones used for text messaging and Web access may also be contributing factors to the visual fatigue and discomfort experienced by millions, according to a leading expert.

"The unique characteristics and high visual demands of computer work and play make many individuals susceptible to the development of eye and vision- related problems," notes Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, a practicing optometrist and author of "Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace." "With the proliferation of portable electronic devices such as laptops, palm pilots, and video game players, it's no surprise that eye care professionals are seeing more patients who complain of ocular discomfort."

Indeed, a national survey of doctors of optometry found that more than 14 percent of their patients present with eye or vision-related symptoms resulting from computer work. Furthermore, in a survey of more than 2,000 current and former contact lens wearers, time spent in front of a computer (41 percent) was the activity most frequently mentioned as causing discomfort while they were wearing their lenses."   continued ...   (Via SYS-CON Media)

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