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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Computer vision syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is a potential occupational hazard especially in software and BPO industries. Sitting in front of your desktop and focusing sharply on the objects in your monitor can cause a lot of strain to your eyes. The eye muscles suffer from convergence fatigue and appreciable drop in blinking rate. This will lead to dry eyes, redness, blurred vision, headache and fatigue. All these symptoms are collectively called as computer vision syndrome. Maintaining visual health is as important as mental health in our work place. It is almost impossible for us to stay away from computers. While working with computers we must make sure that we maintain an average distance of at least 25inches from the monitor and that the center of the computer screen is 4-8 inches below eye level. Don't look into the screen continuously for a longer duration and try to look away from the monitor periodically. Upgrading from the old CRT screens to the new LCD monitors is an initiative that every company must take in order to promote the visual hygiene of its employees. Choosing proper font size in your desktop will go a long way in reducing the stress level on your eyes. Voluntarily blinking often is a good practice to restore some moisture into our eyes. The use of proper background lightning with minimum glare and reflections is always suggested for healthy vision.

1 comments:

lessons said...

I have been a casualty of computer vision syndrome and I agree with your assessment from personal experience. I have recorded my insight from my experience in my book "Lessons I Learned the Hard Way - How to identify, minimize, manage and treat computer related health issue" it is available at http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/LessonsILearnedtheHardWay.html. I believe it is a must read for all computer users. I have written this book to alert other computer users as well as their doctors to the health dangers inherent in computer use and explain solutions that I found worked to minimize and or manage the situation and how to identify symptoms. I can be reached at lessonsilearnedthehardway@gmail.com for further discussions. I wish you all the best.




 
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