CooperVision’s new report on Digital Device Usage and Your Eyes highlights new global research on consumer use of digital devices in relation to eye health. A multifaceted survey was conducted among thousands of respondents in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S., and the data reveal multiple opportunities for eyecare professionals to deepen patient relationships.
Globally, contact lens wearers are more concerned about the amount of time spent looking at screens: 26% of contact lens wearers expressed concern about the amount of time they spent looking at the screens of digital devices compared with 19% of people who use vision correction and 18% of people who do not use vision correction.
“It’s clear that people around the world are beginning to consider the effects of digital device use on their eyes, including discomfort symptoms associated with digital eye fatigue,” said Gary Orsborn, OD, MS, FAAO, FBCLA, vice president, global professional & clinical affairs, CooperVision. “While there’s widespread interest by patients in discussing digital device use with their eyecare professional, that’s not happening in large part. Bridging this conversation gap is a substantial opportunity for ECPs, helping them provide better care while remaining even more relevant in the lives of their patients as device use skyrockets.” A follow-up survey in six nations revealed that nearly three in four contact lens wearers are willing to pay a premium for an option that reduces symptoms of digital eye fatigue.
The report also highlights how respondents cope with the ocular discomfort from digital device use, which phrases they use to describe how their eyes feel after long periods of screen viewing, and similarities and differences among consumers depending on where they live. The report is available for immediate download from CooperVision.com/Digital-Report.