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Prolonged use of computers can harm eyes

india Updated: Dec 13, 2011 01:36 IST

Due to the prolonged use of computers, more people are falling prey to computer vision syndrome (CVS). The number of people suffering from the problem has doubled in the past one year. The disorder has affected people of all age groups, particularly youngsters, who use computers for long hours.

Doctors have advised that people should take regular breaks after every 20 minutes to avoid the problem. “To keep children busy, we allow them to play computer games. This is the root cause of all problems,” said Dr Ajay Sharma, medical director, Eye Q super-specialty eye hospital. “CVS not only affects the eyes, but also the neck and back.” Dr Sharma said. He said he had seen a 35% increase in the number of patients in the past one year.

Dr Anita Sethi, senior ophthalmologist, Artemis Health Institute, said, “CVS is excessive strain on eyes caused by working for long hours in front of a computer.” Children in the age group of 8-10 years have also complained of the ailment.