Guide Dogs’ Association warns of eye strain danger

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Guide Dogs’ Association warns of eye strain dangerOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Theimportance of taking breaks while working at a computer was emphasised by anawareness week CharityThe Guide Dogs for the Blind Association estimates Computer Vision Syndromecould be costing British employers more than £183m a year in lost working days.The most common complaints are eye strain, headaches, dry or irritated eyes andblurred vision.Thecharity organised an awareness week at the end of June targeting computer usersof all ages and launched a computer screen saver designed to remind workers totake a break.The”Eye Kon” is available on a free CD-Rom from the association ordownloadable from the Internet on its website, and makes a blinking eye pop upon the computer after it has been in use for 90 minutes.Occupationalhealth professionals are being encouraged to raise awareness among workers ofthe need to take regular computer screen breaks to protect their eyes andgeneral health.Theawareness week ran from 23 to 30 June, drawing attention to the need forworkers to take breaks, and is part of an ongoing campaign by the association.GeraldinePeacock, the charity’s chief executive, said: “While there is no evidencethat VDUs can directly cause eye disease, prolonged working or playing onscreen can strain eyes and aggravate existing eye conditions.”Throughour campaign, we want computer users, schools, colleges, employers and healthand safety specialists to take a fresh look at this important eye care issue.”On18 July, the charity is also running a Shades for a Day campaign designed toraise awareness of the need to buy and wear correct sunglasses. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more