A STUDY ON DIGITAL EYE STRAIN ASSOCIATED WITH EXCESSIVE USE OF DIGITAL GADGETS DURING PANDEMIC
Kinnari Pathak, Dr. Mahendrasinh D. Chauhan, Dr. Chetna V. Patel, Najwa F. Mansuri
optometrist, Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry & Physiotherapy, Surat.
An observational study on changes in refractive error associated with excessive use of digital gadgets during pandemic. Home-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic caused increased use of digital devices, posing a greater risk of developing digital eye strain-related symptoms.Our study included 200 eyes of 100 patients and A self-reported questionnaire which was used to compare the total hours per day, either continuous or intermittent, spent on digital devices during and before lockdown and the association of these durations with digital eye strain and vision related complaints. It showed that 100 patients including both male and female, out of which 58% were males and 42% were females. Majority of gadgets user were found in age group of 11 to 20 (62%), followed by the age group of 21 to 30 (29%) and least used by the age group of 5 to 10 (9%).In this study we also observed that maximum patients used gadgets for about 6 to 8 hours a day (51%), 3 to 5 hours a day (49%), and least use of 1 to 2 hours a day. The results shows that digital gadgets user among them 80% patients having an complaint of headache, 66% patients complaint of squeezing the eyes ,77% patients having an complaint of digital eye strain. Also out of 100 patients in 26% patients donâ€™t wearing spectacle, and 30% patients having a history of eye rubbing. Mainly In our study, we found that out of 100 patients 64% patients are myopic astigmatism, 14% are hyperopic astigmatism, 12% are astigmatism, and 10% patients are only myopic. From the our study, we concluded that the excessive use of screens in childhood and adults can have many negative effects and unregulated amounts of screen time may lead to ailments like Asthenopia and increase risk of myopi
Keywords: Covid 19, digital eye strain, asthenopic symptoms, digital devices, refractive error
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Published on : 2021-09-17