American contact lens manufacturer CooperVision recently conducted a global survey researching patients' opinions on digital eye strain. According to their findings, many people are afraid of the negative effects electronic screen use could have on their eye health.
The company YouGov America devised this survey with financial assistance from CooperVision. The first phase of the survey collected results from over 9,300 patients around the world. In the follow up study, analysts collected data from another 18,000 patients. A few of the major countries that participated in this research include Germany, Japan, Spain, Australia, the UK, and the USA.
Approximately 19 percent of survey respondents who either use prescription glasses or don't wear glasses said they were worried about developing digital eye strain in their lifetimes. Even more contact lens wearers (26 percent) expressed concerns over staring at their electronic devices for too long.
An incredible 41 percent of respondents in Spain said they were worried about digital eye strain. That's well above the global average of 26 percent. By contrast, Germans (16 percent) expressed the least concern over electronic-related eye disorders.
Spanish contact lens wearers were also number one in the world when asked if they would undergo an Endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP) laser surgery to get rid of eye digital eye fatigue. A staggering 93 percent of Spanish contact lens wearers said they would be interested in this procedure. At 86 percent, Australia wasn't too far behind Spain in this category. Interestingly, Americans were the least interested in getting an ECP for digital eye fatigue at only 64 percent.
This CooperVision study also revealed how many people were actively seeking ways to combat digital eye fatigue. 78 percent of patients around the world said they were working on a treatment strategy for eye tiredness with their optometrist. Amazingly, three out of four contacts wearers said they would gladly pay extra for solutions to digital eye strain.
Despite all this interest in eye fatigue solutions, discussion rates between optometrists and patients are extremely low at only 14 percent. Study authors say they hope their research will encourage patients and doctors to be more open about digital eye fatigue in the future.
Patients with digital eye fatigue were also asked how they deal with their symptoms on a daily basis. These answers varied widely depending on the country. People in the UK or Australia, for instance, said they would take a long break once the noticed their symptoms flared up. Japanese respondents, however, relied more on re-wetting drops than breaks from work.
As more people use digital devices for work and leisure, digital eye fatigue is only expected to rise in the near future. Thankfully, there are many natural treatment strategies people can put into place to reduce symptoms of this disorder.
Eye doctors recommend anyone using a computer for long stretches of time look 20 feet away from the screen for 20 seconds at least every 20 minutes. This ”20-20-20 rule" helps the eyes naturally increase wettability. Many health experts also recommend eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, getting plenty of sunshine, and taking lutein supplements to reduce dry eye symptoms naturally.
CooperVision released its survey results under the title Digital Device Usage and Your Eyes. Anyone can access this full report online by clicking on this link.
Founded in 1980, CooperVision is a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies. CooperVision's head office is in Pleasanton, California, but the company also has manufacturing plants in New York, England, and Puerto Rico.