Digital Eye Strain During COVID-19 Lockdown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • Nawaf Almarzouki Department of Ophthalmology, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Konooz Faisal Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Arwa Nassief Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Noura Najem Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Rayana Eid Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Renad Albakri Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Dana Alhibshi Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Shehana Alwethinani Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Heba Ashi Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of computer vision syndrome (CVS) and associated risk factors of prolonged use of electronics.
Methods:
This was an online non-interventional cross-sectional studyconducted over the period of COVID curfew in Jeddah city from April to June 2020, through a questionnaire. Participants were between 20 and 60 years of age and used electronic devices.
Results:
Total 1,227 participants were recruited between 20 and 60 years of age. The majority of them were females (69.9%). Almost 1,048 participants used smartphones or laptops. More than half (54.5%) of them used electronics for more than 4 hours daily. A high symptom severity score was found in 44% of the respondents. Taking breaks during electronics use <30 minutes (P=0.018), viewing computers at a distance less than arm length (P=0.001), and the use of screen protectors (p=0.014) were significant factors related to the symptom’s severity score.
Conclusion:
CVS was prevalent among the participants who used electronics for more than 4 hours daily. Taking breaks during electronics use, viewing computers at an appropriate distance, and the use of screen protectors were effective practices to relieve the eye symptoms severity score.  
 
 
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Published
2021-02-26
How to Cite
ALMARZOUKI, Nawaf et al. Digital Eye Strain During COVID-19 Lockdown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 40-45, feb. 2021. ISSN 2413-0516. Available at: <http://www.jocms.org/index.php/jcms/article/view/937>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.22317/jcms.v7i1.937.