Profile of Ocular complaints among computer users: An eye opener

Chavada V.K.


Objectives: To estimate contributing factors and ocular complaints in computer users

Settings and Design: Community-based cross-sectional study of 150 subjects who work on computer for varying period of time in a University near Delhi NCR.

Materials and Methods: 200 computer operators working in different institutes and offices and bank existing within the university were selected randomly. Subjects were asked to respond to a predefined questionnaire in terms of their demographic details, occupation, daily working hours on computer, refractive status, using glasses or not, distance from computer screen, type of monitor, brightness and resolution adjustment, use of antiglare screen, level of eyes and top of the monitor and habit of taking breaks.

Results: Among the 150 subjects studied major ocular complaints reported were eyestrain (53%), itching (47.6%) and burning (66.7%) in subjects using computer for more than 6 hrs. Distance from computer screen with respect to eyes, use of antiglare screen, taking frequent breaks while using computer, use of LCD monitor and adjustment of brightness of monitor screen bear a significant association with these ocular complaints in computer users.

Conclusions: Eyestrain, itching and burning were the common ocular complaints among computer users working for more than 6 hours a day.  We also found that maintaining ideal distance from screen, keeping level of eyes above the top of screen, taking frequent breaks, using LCD monitors and using antiglare screen and adjusting brightness levels according to workplace reduced these ocular complaints to a significant level.


Computer vision syndrome; Ocular complaints in computer users; eye strain


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