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Factors Leading Computer Vision Syndrome in Medical Students: A Descriptive Analysis
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Volume 6, 2018
Issue 3 (September)
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Firdous Jahan, Department of Family Medicine, Oman Medical College, Sohar, Oman.
Zahid ul Islam, Department of Family Medicine, Oman Medical College, Sohar, Oman.
Muhammed Rafei, Department of Family Medicine, Oman Medical College, Sohar, Oman.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition caused by staring at digital devices for a prolonged period of time throughout the day. This screen overexposure can cause vision problems and discomfort. Whether using a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer monitor, there is a range of symptoms experienced by the user. The most common symptoms include headaches, eye strain, double vision, dry eyes, and eye fatigue, neck and back pain. A cross sectional study carried out at Oman Medical College (OMC). Data collection was carried out using a structured self-administered questionnaire, Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS (IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0). A total of 120 students were participated, 100 (83.3%) were female students. Sixty five percent of the participant use laptop and 22.5% use mobile phone daily. Nearly half of the participants reported that they keep top screen 10-15 degree below their eye level and keep level of the center of screen from eye 20"-24". Off total, 83.3% participants utilize anti-glare screen and 77.5% make use of brightness adjustment. Most frequent symptoms are eye strain, visual fatigue, headaches, neck and backaches, ocular discomfort. This study conclude that medical students experienced some of the health problems due to constant computer use like eye strain, visual fatigue, headaches, neck and backaches, ocular discomfort and musculo-skeletal disorders. Since, computer-related morbidity has now become an occupational health problem, the care should be taken while using computer for long time.
Computer Vision Syndrome, Eye Strain, Medical Students
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