Abstract
DIGITAL EYE STRAIN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Arsh Zahoor*, Saba Ijaz, Naveed Ijaz, Khaula Majid Khan, Aimen Tariq and Zufishan Tahira

ABSTRACT

E-learning was a common mode of studying, even before the emergence of the COVID 19 outbreak and it has been shown to be efficacious for the students. Following the COVID 19 pandemic, E-learning acquired increasing awareness and is now exercised globally. The first and foremost disadvantage of E-learning is Digital Eye Strain, DES. DES is a fledgling risk for the general population healthcare and is associated with to the amount of time spent using digital devices. This cross-sectional study was conducted to highlight the substantial rise in the utilization of E-learning during the COVID 19 pandemic and its effects on vision. Consecutive sampling technique was used and data was collected from 70 participants over the period of 1 month. The statistical data of our research showed that (30.0%) of e-learners spent maximum 4 hours online, (52.9%) with previous history of myopia, (1.4%) astigmatism, hyperopic and blurry vision. (35.7%) suffered from eye pain, (61.4%) had tired eyes, (20.0%) had red eyes, (27.1%) with watery eyes and (18.6%) with photosensitivity. Additionally, most of the people also complaint of headaches, neck pain, backache, shoulder pain, blurred vision and double vision. The statistical data of this research showed that only about (11.4%) people are aware of 20-20-20 rule, (87.1%) are unaware of it while (1.4%) are not sure about it.

Keywords: Computer, Vision, Ocular, Pandemics.


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