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Dear Readers,
Computer has become a part and parcel of our life. The downside which those in eye care are aware about is the effect prolonged worked on computers has on the eye. This is termed as the "Computer Vision Syndrome". This month we decided to focus the theme of Sitenews on this issue.
This issue opens by providing an overview of the size of this problem. There is still not enough evidence about the prevalence of this problem and there are not many studies done in this area. However with increasing computer users the size of the problem is believed to be fairly large.
There are a series of articles which provide information about what is Computer Vision Syndrome. Also what needs to be done if a person has computer vision syndrome. Ergonomics can play a very important role in the prevention of this problem. Health education materials which can be used to spread awareness about this problem is also shared.
We trust you will find this issue and the resources we are providing useful.
We look forward to receiving your feedback.
Wish you a productive reading!

Happy reading!
Regards,
Vision 2020 e-resource team
The Issue Features...
Computer Vision Syndrome
Vol. 5 No. 7 July 2008
•   Magnitude
•   Understanding the Problem
•   Solution
•   Ergonomics
•   Health Education Materials
•   Featured Organization

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      In 1991, James Sheedy, O.D., PhD., Chief of the VDT Eye Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a nationwide survey of optometrists. Sponsored by the Optical Coating Laboratory Inc., manufacturer of GlareGuard anti-glare filters, the survey sought to determine how many patients had eye problems caused by computer use, the most prevalent symptoms, diagnoses and treatment.
      Respondents indicated that, on average 14.25 percent of their patients or nearly 10 million people annually - complain about symptoms primarily associated with computer use. The optometrists further reported that conventional treatment, such as prescription lenses or spectacle design changes, alleviated only a portion of the problem, the remaining symptoms being directly related to the computer work environment.

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      CVS is a condition that affects many computer users. Studies show that approximately 70% of computer workers have vision Problems. The symptoms of CVS include eyestrain, dry or burning eyes, blurred vision, headaches, double vision, distorted color vision, and neck and backaches. This condition can be due to various factors.
      One factor is poor visual skills such as accommodative (eye focusing) skills or binocularity (eye coordination/eye teaming) skills. Another factor is the tendency of computer users to stare at monitors for long periods without changing eye focus from time to time. The distance between a computer user and a monitor is another factor. Room lighting, monitor glare, screen color, print color, and print size can also be contributing factors to this condition.
  • COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

  • Abstract:
    This article briefs about CVS, symptoms of CSV, and how to treat CVs.

  • COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME MYTH OR REALITY?

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    The review surveys the recent findings and reports relating to the excessive use of computer screen technology.

  • THE EFFECTS OF COMPUTER USE ON EYE HEALTH AND VISION

  • Abstract:
    This report will review the factors relating to eye and vision problems associated with computer work and provide recommendations for preventing or reducing their development.

  • COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME THREATENS RETURNING STUDENTS

  • Abstract
    Computer use is an increasing source of vision problems, and children may experience many of the same symptoms as adults. Too much time in front of a computer screen can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches. This article highlights some points which parents should consider childrens use of computers.

  • CHILDREN AND COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

  • Abstract
    This article discusses about the impact of computer use on children's vision and highlights the tips for Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome in Children.

  • WORKER PRODUCTIVITY AND COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

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    This article discusses about the study conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry which examined the relationship between the vision of computer workers and their productivity in the workplace.

  • COMPUTER GLASSES FOR BLURRED VISION AND OTHER CVS SYMPTOMS

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    This article discusses about experience of blurred vision and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). It also has replies for glass wearers.

  • COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME Q & A

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    This article is a compilation of question and answers about Computer Vision Syndrome and the Questions were answered by Burt Dubow, OD, and Charles Slonim, MD

  • COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

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    Computer Vision Syndrome is a major problem in current days. this review highlights its symptoms and see why they arise.

  • COMPUTER INFLUENCE ON A MAN HEALTH

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    Harmful computer influence on a man health can be greatly reduced or avoided with following the simple rules of their using. It is very important to make a right choose of a computer and auxiliary protection remedies. In some cases it is expediency to buy more expensive thing, but be calm for your health.

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      Luckily, computer vision syndrome, once recognised, is fairly easy to correct. To begin, anyone who suspects CVS, or who works at a computer several hours a day, should have a thorough eye exam. Also make sure that optometrist or ophthalmologist knows that you use a computer regularly. He or she may prescribe special glasses and/or a screen filter, as well as make other ergonomic recommendations.

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      Ergonomic Problems of Eyestrain is the most common that most computer users all over the world experience. A number of symptoms associated with Ergonomic problems of eyestrain have been experienced and proved worldwide.
      Lets have a look at some of the articles related to Computer ergonomics here.
  • ERGONOMICS FOR COMPUTER USERS VISION

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    This article discusses about the Factors which Contributes to CVS and Ergonomics for Computer Users.

  • 9 STEPS TO REDUCING COMPUTER EYESTRAIN

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    Computer eyestrain is the number one office-related health complaint, but there are many things workers and employers can do to reduce this symptom of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Here are nine easy tips.

  • OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY - CVS

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    This presentation highlights computer related diseases, effective ergonomics devices and some steps to overcome the same.

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      Education for health begins with people as they are, with whatever interests they may have in improving their living conditions. Its aim is to develop in them a sense of responsibility for health conditions, as individuals and as members of families and communities. As far as CVS is concerned very less health education materials have to be developed for creating awareness about CVS, we request users to share the health education materials on the same. We have provided you with the links of various health education materials that can be used by you to eliminate trachoma.

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