TOO LONG IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER, DAMAGES THE SIGHT PDF Print E-mail
ILO - Macedonia
Friday, 04 April 2008 00:00
People that spend too many hours in front of a computer risk to damage their sight, headaches and sensibility to light – globally known as computer usage syndrome. The syndrome was detected by the American Optometric Association, or PhD Kent Daum, president of Illinois College in Chicago.

Тhe computer is challenging environment for the visual system and it is very difficult for the eyes to focus” explains Dr. Daum.

According to the newest research of AOA conducted upon 1000 people over 18 year of age, 82% said that they often use computer, 42% said that they spent 3 or more hours per day in front of a computer screen and 73% admitted that they don’t use the recommended breaks and 10% said that they don’t use breaks at all.

Aside from damaging the sight, people that use computers often have problems with the neck and the arms.

Many Americans have experience the effect of the syndrome of computer usage and 10 million people per year visit the optometrist for issues with the sight damages.

Daum said that there are safe and effective methods for treatment from this syndrome.

First there must be regular check ups with the doctor to follow any damages to the vision. The doctor who knows that you are using computer for a prolonged period of time, will recommend appropriate treatment.

Special computer glasses and computer screen protection can help in preventing eye damages.

Don’t forget to blink when in front of computer”- adds Daum. He emphasizes the rule 20/20 – on each 20 minutes, look aside from the computer for 20 seconds. This minimizes the risk of developing sight problems and irritation of the eyes as result of insufficient blinking. The illumination in the room should also be adequate. The light should be decreased.

There shouldn’t be reflection of light on the computer screen. Also there shouldn’t be nay windows near by”– said Daum.

Finally, the position of the computer should be appropriate. The screen should be adequately positioned so there won’t be problems for the body position and the monitor should be inline with the eyes or a little bit lower.

The article is taken from the web portal Idividi, March 2008

 

 

MOSHA Login

MACEDONIAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ASSOCIATION

st.Vostanicka No. 2, 1000 Skopje, R.Macedonia
postal address: P.O box 908
tel./fax: +389 (0)2 / 2774 868

www.mzzpr.org.mk | kontakt@mzzpr.org.mk