Healthcare, Vol. 11, Pages 1519: Perceived Eye-Related Symptoms and Influencing Factors in Hospital Nurses

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Healthcare, Vol. 11, Pages 1519: Perceived Eye-Related Symptoms and Influencing Factors in Hospital Nurses

Healthcare doi: 10.3390/healthcare11101519

Authors:
Ok-Hee Cho
Haemin Cho
Hyekyung Kim

Nurses are at risk of eye discomfort due to the increasing use of visual display terminals and wearing masks, which may worsen eye-related symptoms. This study was conducted in South Korea to identify the factors influencing eye-related symptoms among hospital nurses on/off duty. The study included 154 nurses who completed a self-reported questionnaire that assessed demographic characteristics, perceived health status, dry-eye symptoms, occupational stress, and eye-related symptoms. The results showed that nurses complained of more eye-related symptoms on duty than off duty, with female sex and dry-eye symptoms being the factors influencing eye-related symptoms on duty. On the other hand, computer use time (≥4 h) and dry-eye symptoms were the factors influencing eye-related symptoms off duty. The study suggests that assessing dry-eye symptoms can facilitate early interventions to relieve eye-related symptoms in hospital nurses, and they should pay attention to eye health during working hours as well as off hours.

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