Several surveys exist to determine the severity and frequency of chronic symptoms related to visual discomfort. To our knowledge, there are no studies that investigate the potential of chronic visual discomfort ratings to predict acute discomfort symptoms that are experienced after tests of accommodation and vergence. We examined the ability of two measures of chronic visual discomfort symptoms to predict acute symptoms experienced.
The Conlon et al. and the convergence insufficiency symptom surveys were administered to 40 participants to assess chronic visual discomfort symptoms. Two measures were used to assess acute symptoms. The first consisted of four Likert-scaled questions relating to comfort level during last test, visual distortions or movement, discomfort caused by overhead lights, and presence of headache symptoms. These questions were asked before and after binocular examination, and the scores were used to generate a postexamination symptom score. The second measure of acute symptoms consisted of participants rating their general discomfort on a four-point Likert scale after each binocular test, and the ratings were summed to produce a General Symptom Score. Participants were then categorized into a high or low Post-exam symptom group and General symptom group. Data were analyzed with a binary logistic regression to determine whether the chronic surveys could predict acute symptom group classification.