Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Prevalence of computer vision syndrome among computer users of Kolar district

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Darshan S.M*,Sangeetha T,Mohan Kumar H

Volume : 5

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2395-1451

Print ISSN : 2395-1443

Article First Page : 326

Article End Page : 329


Introduction: To evaluate the prevalence and the factors associated with Computer Vision Syndrome.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional, descriptive, questionnaire based, non–randomized study included 320 professionals. After obtaining written consent subjects were asked to fill a set of questionnaire to get their personal information including demographic data (age, gender, occupation) and information regarding computer usage.
Results: A total of 320 participants aged between 16 to 55 years were surveyed. The prevalence of symptoms of CVS was found to be 70.3%. 97 (33%) individuals used computer around 4-6 hours per day. The most frequently observed symptom was headache seen in 176 individuals (55.1%) followed by neck, shoulder, wrist or back pain in 155 (48.5%), dryness of eyes in 128 (39.9%) & blurred vision in 118 (36.9%) individuals. 42 participants (12.4%) were aware of CVS. 261 participants (81.6%) took preventing measures and the most common preventive measure was taking breaks in between work.
Conclusion: Around 70.3% of surveyed participants experienced symptoms related to CVS. Out of 320 participants only 42 participants (12.4%) were aware of CVS. Some of the strategies found beneficial in reducing the symptoms are keeping the computer screen away which reduces eye strain, taking regular small breaks, maintaining good sitting posture to avoid neck pain and back pain, correction of visual problems and optimum room lighting.

Keywords: Blurred vision, Computer vision syndrome, Dry eye, Eye strain, Headache.

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