How might computer vision syndrome affect work and productivity?
I don’t think it’s quantified, but it’s very likely it does have an impact on work productivity.
Patients with computer vision syndrome do become very symptomatic towards the end of the day, depending on how severe their symptoms are. And of course, that might mean that at the end of the day, they’re much less productive in the work that they do.
Another thing I hear often from patients is that towards the end of the day, they’re struggling to see figures properly. So, they can’t quite distinguish a 3 from an 8, or a 5 from a 6, or a 1 from a 7. And of course, in an environment where figures are important, and spreadsheets are crucial, that could have a huge impact on work productivity and lead to mistakes.
So, the impact of vision on work productivity could lead to mistakes. Similarly, I don’t think people work as well when their eyes are tired, uncomfortable, red. They may go home early because their eyes feel sore. They may be less effective in the afternoons.
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Rob Morris is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in cataract and refractive surgery, including Refractive Lens Exchange, and adult squint. He has over 30 years of experience in treating people with eye problems. Rob Morris founded Grange Eye Consultants to manage the increasing demand for more complex refractive surgery. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. He is currently Medical Director at Optegra Eye Hospitals.