In a recent VSP® Vision Care survey on youth and digital device use, the findings show that by the time the average American child reaches age 17, their eyes will have spent the equivalent of nearly six years looking at digital devices.
During an independent study conducted at three eye care professional locations, over 150 patients were interviewed before and after using GUNNAR Technology Eyewear throughout a multi-week test involving intense computer use. The study showed the following results.
According to the latest study, the Vision Council estimates that 65% of Americans suffer from digital eye strain in one form or another. The Vision Council recommends computer glasses that are specially designed for optimizing vision when viewing content on screens, and can be provided with or without a prescription. Users experience more relaxation, sharper focus, and reduced blurriness and pixilation, which can cause discomfort unless corrected. The lens designs allow the eyes of adults and children to relax, adjusting to intermediate-distance objects and reducing glare during prolonged use of digital devices.
Vision Council of America, Vision in Business Study 2007
According to a report from the Vision Council of America; vision claims and disorders carry a hefty price tag for employers, and result in a marked decrease in productivity costing businesses an estimated $8 billion annually.
According to the AOA, the most frequent health complaints among computer workers are vision-related. Studies indicate that 50 to 90 percent of computer users suffer from symptoms of computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. These symptoms include eye strain, dry eyes, eye irritation, blurred vision and double vision.
With more and more of us using a computer at work, CVS is becoming a major public health issue. The AOA reports that a survey of optometrists found that approximately 10 million eye exams are performed annually in the United States due to vision problems related to computer use.
A study conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry on worker productivity and computer vision care amoung.
Providing computer vision care to all employees who use computers, even those who are not experiencing CVS symptoms, results in significant productivity gains and cost savings for employers. The study showed 19% increased productivity for those using computer eyewear.
The study showed a direct correlation between proper vision protection and productivity. Employees performing tasks with particularly demanding visual requirements, such as accounting, document editing, electronic design and engineering, were more more productive when using computer eyewear.
The study also showed a direct correlation between proper vision correction and the time required for a computer worker to perform a task. Computer-related tasks took much longer when the subjects did not wear specific computer eyewear.
Musculoskeletal problems, which may be caused by computer-related vision problems, can potentially be minimized or eliminated by including computer vision care to employees.
A computer vision benefits program likely will also lower incidence of workers’ compensation claims among computer users therefore reducing costs.