How Neuro-Training Can Improve Eye And Neck Problems Caused By Screenwork

People who mainly perform screen work often have head and neck problems as well as eye problems caused by fatigue. Whether exercise through targeted strengthening and relaxation of the eye muscles has a positive effect on these symptoms was investigated in a DHfPG bachelor thesis.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, already worked this year 2015 around the rain two-thirds of all employees between the ages of 25 and 54 in front of a computer screen (Jaschinski & König, 2015, p. 3).

Because of it The corona pandemic grew the proportion of working hours spent in the home office is also evident. Through this Rose probably not just them Screen working time in generalbut they daily exercise decreased at the same time clear – this was said by 44 percent of the respondents in a forsa survey from DAK (2021).

However, it is already known VDU work leads to short- and long-term health problems in the eye area as well as in the neck and shoulder area (DGUV, 2015). In addition, it may increase due to computer work visual problems come what Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) (Rosenfield, 2016, p. 1).

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To counteract these symptoms, those affected can also visit an ophthalmologist or optician extra eye training as it itself can improve vision (American Optometric Association, 2007; Angart, 2018, p. 21).

Such eye training consists of various exercisesthat from the field of neurotraining occur and should for targeted improvement of vision contribute. The training of the eyes is divided into four componentsthat all trained equally should be used to improve vision holistically and thereby also reduce symptoms.

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To Goal the study should find out any Eye training and eye relaxation in humans with sedentary work at the computer screen has positive effects on headaches and neck pain as well as on CVS.

For this purpose thirty subjects with CVS recruited and then 15 each of the control (KG) and the intervention group (IG) randomly distributed taking into account a homogeneous gender distribution.

Both groups were before the start and after the end of ten-week intervention phase tested to Status quo for CVS and headaches and neck pain associated with office work capture. These tests were identical for both groups and were based on standardized questionnaires.

Of CVS questionnaire (Segui, Cabrero-García, Crespo, Verdú & Ronda, 2015) made this possible Registration of the frequency and intensity of the various symptoms, to which i.a. also includes headaches. Of Neck Disability Index (Jorritsma, Dijkstra, Vries, Geertzen & Reneman, 2012). Information on the incidence, intensity and duration of neck disorders.

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Unlike CG, IG took one test between the two tests ten weeks of eye training part.

To trained components spoke them eye movements (eg convergence and divergence), the visual acuity when seeing static and moving objects in near and far television, depth perception as well peripheral perception.

In addition relaxation of the eye muscles also trained using various exercises and also used as a “reset” between the other exercises. This standardized eye training was performed once a week under qualified supervisiont completed as part of a course unit. In addition, the exercises must independently four to six days a week to 10 to 15 minutes maximum performed at home.

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Eight participants discontinued the study for various reasons, four from CG and four from IG. Thus, at the end of the study complete data for 22 participants assessed using inferential statistical analysis.


In it Analysis of the results of pre- and posttest within CVS-Question questionnaire could in IG one significant improvement in the categories “Itchy eye”, “Sensation of foreign bodies”, “Tears”, “Redness in the eyes”, “Eye pain”, “Dry eyes”, “Blurred vision”, “Difficulty focusing closely”, “Increased sensitivity to light “,” Feeling of getting worse “and” headache “are observed.

No positive effects were found in CG.

The results of Neck Disability Index IG occupied a significant improvement in average score of 70 percent of the categories from pre- to post-test. The greatest effects were observed for “reading”, “headache”, “concentration”, “work”, “driving”, “sleeping” and “leisure activities”.

Again, no positive changes could be detected in the control group.

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On the basis of the results presented, it can therefore be assumed that a 10 weeks of eye training resulted in significant improvement in headaches, neck discomfort and CVS leads.

Whether eye exercise also leads to improvements in individuals whose symptoms are not caused by CVS but, for example, for orthopedic reasons, cannot yet be definitively answered.

To ensure that the potential causes of head, neck and eye disorders are fully addressed, a Combination of strength, endurance and agility training with supplementary neuro-training contentsuch as eye training studied in this thesis.


use meanwhile Many people that Most of their working time in front of the computer screencausing these individuals frequent problems with headaches, neck disorders and eyes having.

In addition to the forms of training that have already been shown to be effective, such as strength, endurance and mobility training, neurotraining, especially in the form of eye training, is an effective measure to alleviate the weaknesses associated with CVS.

In sports, fitness and health facilities, neuro-training is a useful complement to the existing training offersto help affected persons as effectively and comprehensively as possible.

Apply in addition providerswho has such a wide range of solution strategies for health problems in people at screen workstations dispose of, with their personal, material and spatial requirements as ideal partners for all companieswho want to make an effective contribution to maintaining the health of their employees.

About the author

Janina Malke
Age: 28
Dual study: Corpora Fitness GmbH & Co. KG / World of Fitness
Diploma:BA Health Management
Latest activity: Head of course area & quality management World of Fitness Würselen

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