Millions of Americans are spending more and more time in front of a computer screen. Too much time in front of the monitor can cause headaches, muddled or double vision, and pain in the eyes. In addition, VDT can result in ocular fatigue, excessive irritation, dry or itchy eyes, and an unusual amount of blinking or squinting. This does not mean you should stop using a computer and monitor. You should, however, take appropriate steps to address this problem.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, Please call us to schedule an eye examination with your eye care provider. The exam includes a thorough history of both your eyes, your general health, and your history of exposure to VDT's. You should be able to expound on the type of monitor you use, the size of the screen, whether it is color or black-and-white, the time spent in front of it, the type of work you do, and the problems experienced.
If your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription is even slightly outdated, it will cause some level of blurred vision. This may cause harmful effects when using your VDT.
It is also possible that you have an additional vision deficiency, such as presbyopia, eye coordination difficulties, astigmatism, or farsightedness. Extensive use with a VDT may exacerbate these conditions. In the case or presbyopia (the natural process of losing the ability to clearly focus on objects that are close), your eye care provider may suggest single vision lenses while you use your VDT. Another suggestion may be bifocals or trifocals to better focus on different distances.
In the case of farsightedness, excessive time in front of a VDT places undue stress on your eyes. This can detract from the eye's ability to focus and lead to fatigue. If your eye-sight is blurry at multiple distances, you may have astigmatism. Properly prescribed vision wear can correct for each of these frustrating conditions and improve the efficiency of your VDT tasks.
In the case of poor eye coordination, you may experience fatigue, headaches, pain in the eyes, and undue stress on your eyes. These problems can reduce your effectiveness at your VDT tasks.
Depending on the specifics of your problem, vision therapy or vision prescriptions can improve your ability to perform VDT tasks.
Protect your children from the potential problems associated with VDT by establishing a well-lit and well-positioned computer station according to the guidelines set forth above. By following these guidelines, you can best safeguard your eyes and better enjoy your Video Display Terminal.
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