Effect of computer display terminal on the eye

  • FG Adepoju University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • V Pam
  • JFA Owoeye


A survey of 308 computer users and 153-control group working in commercial computer centers “business centers” within Ilorin metropolis of Kwara-State was done. The aim was to determine the effect of computer visual display terminals (computer monitors) on the eye. The main ocular effect found in computer users was Asthenopia. Prevalence of Asthenopia as the only symptom among the study group ranges between 13.9% and 46.3% while in the control group it was between 3.3% and 16.3%. 63.0% of the study group and 18.7% of the control group had significant Asthenopia with P = 0.05. Eye examination including lens, funduscopy, tonometry and refractive statuses were essentially comparable in the two groups examined. There was no demonstrable organic eye lesion attributable to computer visual display terminal.

The Tropical Journal of Health Sciences Vol. 12(1) 2005: 15-18

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