AOA (2011) Eye Q Survey Results

According to the most recent AOA Eye-Q survey there are still many misconceptions regarding eye health, which consumers take as truth.

In addition, the rising use of computers and electronic devices is a rising concern for parents - both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. However, still only 29% of parents had this concern. 62% of parents estimate their child spends 1-4 hours daily on a computer or hand-held electronic device.

The AOA restated that prolonged use of electronic devices can cause eye strain, headaches, fatigue, burning or tired eyes, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain, computer vision syndrome (CVS) (or computer eye strain syndrome.

The increased use of 3D imagery in the classroom may unmask other unlying vision problems that children may have such as lazy eye, convergence insufficiency, poor focusing skills and other visual problems. 53% of parents were concerned that 3-D viewing might be harmful to their children's eyes.

Eye care and beauty aids

The 2011 survey also found that many women don't replace old eye makeup for new frequently, and younger women often share eye makeup. Most people use skin care products but fail to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.

Diet and vision health

Nearly half (49%) think that carrots are the best food for eye health, and don't know that foods such as spinach, broccoli and apples were the best foods for vision health.