Dig­i­tal de­vices raise risk of vi­sion-re­lated prob­lems in In­dia

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In­dia with high­est pro­por­tion of con­sumers in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion spend­ing most of the time on dig­i­tal de­vices, the threat of vi­sion-re­lated prob­lems are high, finds a study.

As per Asia-Pa­cific eye health sur­vey con­ducted by Al­con, 90 per cent peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced vi­sion re­lated symp­toms in their daily life, rang­ing from hazy or blurred vi­sion to se­vere eye and head pain.

More than 50 per cent of re­spon­dents claim that they of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence eye dis­com­fort af­ter us­ing dig­i­tal de­vices. Among the coun­tries sur­veyed, In­dia has the high­est pro­por­tion of con­sumers who spend the most time on their dig­i­tal de­vices across the re­gion. The sur­vey re­veals th-at about 48 per cent of those sur­veyed in In­dia used com­put­ers or sma-rt­phone de­vices re­spec­tively for four hours or more ev­ery day.

The most com­mon dis­com­forts con­sumers ex­pe­ri­ence of­ten are tired eyes (31 per cent), red eye (23 per cent) and dry eyes (22 per cent). While vi­sion dis­com­fort is a com­mon oc­cur­rence across the re­gion, the top symp­toms vary from coun­try to coun­try.

In In­dia the top three vi­sion re­lated symp­toms are se­vere eye and head pain (34 per cent re­spon­dents); dif­fi­culty to read things from far (33 per cent) and fi­nally hazy or blurred vi­sion (32 per cent). In fact, In­di­ans were the only ones to high­light se­vere eye and head pain as a symp­tom. This was not seen among the re­spon­dents from other coun­tries.

The sur­vey also throws up very in­sight­ful data on how re­spon­dents from these coun­tries re­act to ey­e­re­lated prob­lems. In­di­ans in com­par­i­son to other Asia-Pa­cific res­i­dents come across as the most proac­tive when faced with eye dis­com­fort. Al­most 31 per cent of In­dia re­spon­dents said that they would visit a doc­tor, the high­est com­pared to the other four na­tions and also the least likely at 16 per cent to take ab­so­lutely no ac­tion.

Com­pared to five years ago, 30 per cent of In­dian con­sumers felt that their eye health had de­clined, 42 per cent claimed that their vi­sion re­mained the same and only the re­main­ing 28 per cent re­spon­dents stated that their vi­sion had im­proved.

“Sight is such an im­por­tant sense for our daily lives, yet many of us do not take the nec­es­sary ac­tions to pro­tect our vi­sion,” said San­deep Bothra, coun­try head – sur­gi­cal, Al­con Lab­o­ra­to­riesIn­dia. “The sur­vey re­sults are wor­ry­ing as they high­light a lack of aware­ness about the im­por­tance of seek­ing help or treat­ment when it comes to pro­tect­ing our vi­sion, and this needs to be ad­dressed.”

Glob­ally, 253 mil­lion peo­ple are ei­ther blind or suf­fer from vi­sion im­pair­ment. Of this, the ma­jor­ity of the bur­den lies within the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

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