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VDU-work not the cause of eye problems

 
Download PDF Who hasn’t had it? Tired, dry or sore eyes after working on a computer for a long period of time? It is a familiar phenomenon.

Research has shown that eye complaints occur often. Within a years’ time almost 40% of PC-users said they experienced complaints lasting more than 3 days (Toomingas, 2012).

However, it is not so that eyes deteriorate as a result of working for lengthy periods with a computer. Mostly existing eye problems, e.g. long-sightedness, cause complaints and discomfort during the performance of VDU-work. Problems with sharp vision are simply noticed earlier with VDU-work, as sharp vision is an essential part of such work.


What can you do to reduce complaints and discomfort?

1. Ensure that the VDU is set up right and choose a high-quality VDU that is appropriate for your work. 

2. Have your eyes examined if complaints persist and ask for advice about whether you need to wear computer glasses or not.

3. Ensure a good working environment, the air must not be too dry. Regularly blinking one’s eyes is important to ensure that one’s eyes are kept moist. Take special care here, as one is less inclined to blink the eyes when one is staring at a computer screen.

4. Ensure that the room is well lit and shaded from the sun to avoid nuisance reflections.
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