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General EYE ADVICE

Introduction

Part I Eye Problems, Possible Causes and Advice By AGE Grouping

Section (A) INFANTS and PRE-SCHOOLERS

Section (B) SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS

Section (C) YOUNGER ADULTS  (UP TO EARLY FORTIES)

Section (D) MIDDLE AGE (UP TO SIXTY YEARS)

Section (E) OLDER AGE (OVER SIXTY YEARS)

Part (II) Selected Eye problems of Importance to All Age Groups.

Section (A) ASTIGMATISM

Section (B) COMMON CHRONIC INFECTIVE CONJUNCTIVITIS

Section (C) Hints on Eye Usage with Computers

Section (D) Lifestyle and Glaucoma

CONCLUSION

Eye Irritation and VDU Work

Apart from the symptoms that arise due to fatigue of the visual system, about 20% to 30% of computer operators also complain of irritation of the eyes. These include a feeling of dryness, burning and gritty sensation of the eyes. The underlying causes for these symptoms are usually already present. They include common chronic infective conjunctivitis and dry eyes due to a variety of reasons including incomplete and infrequent lid closure etc. VDU use simply aggravates these symptoms of irritation mainly due to the decreased rate of blinking that is associated with intensive computer use. If eye irritation is only felt after prolonged VDU use, emphasis should be placed on adequate blinking during the course of computer work. One should aim for atleast twelve full blinks (complete lid closure) per minute. Air-conditioning and ducted heating tend to aggravate the symptoms of "dry eye". For treatment of chronic conjunctivitis and dryness of the eyes please refer to the above links.

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