Digital devices raise risk of vision-related problems in India

India with highest proportion of consumers in the Asia-Pacific region spending most of th-e 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 sym-ptoms in their daily life, ranging from hazy or blu-rred vision to severe eye and head pain.

More than 50 per cent of respondents claim that they often experience eye discomfort after using di-gital devices. Among the countries surveyed, India has the highest proportion of consumers who s-pend 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 di-scomforts 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 th-ese countries react to eye-related problems. Indians in comparison to other Asia-Pacific residents co-me 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 fo-ur nations and also the le-ast 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 Laboratories-India. “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.