Females Baby Boomers at Greatest Risk of Developing Computer Vision Syndrome

Prolonged Use of Digital Screens Causing Havoc on Canadians Eye Health

OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Computers, cell phones and Blackberries may provide modern conveniences, however prolonged use of digital screens is affecting the eye and vision health of Canadians. The average user of these technological conveniences is not just children or young adults. A new survey conducted by Leger Marketing indicates that on average, Canadian baby boomers are spending 7 1/2 hours daily in front of potentially eye-straining devices such as, computers, televisions, cell phones or Blackberries.

And while technologies have evolved and changed the way people communicate and function in their daily lives, female baby boomers are reporting higher usage of these eye-straining devices compared to five years ago. "As a result, they are reporting more eye and vision ailments associated with high screen time than male baby boomers," says Dr. Lillian Linton, Canadian optometrist and President Elect of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Canadian optometrists use Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS, to describe various eye and vision symptoms associated with prolonged computer and other digital screen use. Canadian Optometrists see a range of symptoms associated with CVS including eye strain and fatigue, dry and irritated eyes, blurry vision and photophobia - an oversensitivity to light. The majority of people may not even realize they have this condition.

    -   Canadian optometrists are seeing a higher volume of patients
        complaining of symptoms linked to computer vision syndrome compared
        to five years ago.

    -   40 per cent of baby boomer patients aged 45 to 54 are associating
        their eye and vision complaints with prolonged screen time. This is
        higher than other age groups.

Eye and vision health conditions do not always come with recognizable symptoms and can go un-detected. The Canadian Association of Optometrists encourages routine, comprehensive eye exams to help detect, minimize and treat symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome. "Be kind to your eyes and visit your optometrist regularly to minimize eye strain," says Dr. Lillian Linton, Canadian optometrist and President Elect of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. For more information on eye health guidelines and to find an optometrist in your area, visit www.opto.ca.

From July 6 to July 16, 2009, Leger Marketing conducted an online survey among 3435 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Leger Marketing panelists. The method simulates a probability sample with a maximum margin of error of +/-1.7%, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample of 3435 and +/-2.6%, 19 times out of 20 for the sample of boomers.

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About the Canadian Association of Optometrists

The Canadian Association of Optometrists is the professional association that represents Doctors of Optometry in Canada. It is also the national federation of ten provincial associations of optometrists and represents over 3,700 members across Canada.

About Leger Marketing

Established in 1986, Leger Marketing is the largest Canadian-owned research firm, providing accurate data and insights with quality service to clients across Canada, the US and the world.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Optometrists

For further information: For further information: or to speak with a local optometrist, please contact: Lauren Bondar, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (416) 645-8190, lauren.bondar@fleishman.ca

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