PCs and iPods can damage your sight

by admin March 20, 2006 at 11:05 am

Growing use of smaller devices making matters worse

The increasing use of smaller work and recreational gadgets, such as PDAs, laptops and mobile phones, may be contributing to the visual fatigue and discomfort experienced by millions, it was claimed today.

“The unique characteristics and high visual demands of computer work and play make many individuals susceptible to the development of vision-related problems, ” said Dr Jeffrey Anshel, a practicing optometrist and author of Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace.

“With the proliferation of portable electronic devices it is no surprise that eye care professionals are seeing more patients who complain of ocular discomfort.”

A recent US survey of doctors of optometry found that more than 14 per cent of patients reported eye or vision-related symptoms resulting from computer work.

Full article: vnunet.com