Eye health problems are increasing in 2022 compared to 2020, an Optometry Australia report found.
Many of the problems are the result of an increase in screen time during the pandemic.
88% of subjects in the 2022 report have experienced sore or tired eyes when using a computer or tablet, an increase of 9% from 2020.
Short-sightedness has also increased from 2020 to 2022. 40% of Australians who have had an eye exam have myopia – an increase of 3% from 2020. Many people are not aware that increased time spent in outdoor light can help myopia, another reason to move away from screens.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital Eye Strain also known as Computer Vision Syndrome is eye problems caused by computer use. Research suggests that if you spend most of your day looking at a computer screen, there’s at least a 50% chance you’ll have some symptoms of Digital Eye Strain.
Children can also be affected by Digital Eye Strain, as they spend long periods looking at a computer screen at school, then do their homework online, and also spend time in front of the TV or PlayStation time or pick up a tablet.
Whatever your age or the type of screen(s) you use, we’re all susceptible after enough sustained screen time.