ERGONOMICS IN THE WORKPLACE
THE FOLLOWING TOPICS
IN A 90 MINUTE PRESENTATION:
A brief overview of the role of good vision in the workplace. Dr. Anshel offers
his perspective on the current and future visual needs of computer users.
A simplified presentation of the anatomy and functioning of the eyeball and
visual system. A comparison of the eye to a camera is used to dispel some
misconceptions. Visual processing in the brain is also briefly discussed.
The use of two eyes together instead of each individually is a significant
feature which separates the human visual system from others. How we use both
eyes in conjunction with our focusing system is discussed. Important ramifications
of eye position and computer use are noted. This material is designed for
the listener with a non-medical background.
HUMAN VISION: A historical perspective is developed to show how our visual
system was originally designed and used. A comparison with today's visual
demands and adaptations is discussed.
With more people working longer and more productively into their advanced
years, the aging factor cannot be ignored. Our focusing ability changes throughout
our lifetime and becomes a significant factor after the age of 40. How we
need to change our visual habits, as well as our lighting needs after that
time and what can be done about it are some of the areas considered.
AND VISUAL DEMANDS: Our eyes are designed to be used mostly in well lighted
situations. However, with artificial light being so predominant we must make
yet another adaptation. We will learn to identify risk factors, such as direct
and indirect glare, and take steps to correct potentially harmful situations.
BODY POSTURE: Reading books and papers on a desk differs greatly from
viewing a VDT screen. It places new demands on our visual system as well as
body posture. We are visually oriented; our bodies will often change to ease
the stress on our eyes. These effects will be documented and remedies offered.
Environmental and visual solutions include general eye care, computer eyeglasses,
contact lenses, terminal position, screen reflections, body posture, working
conditions, breaks and more. Specific eye exercises are detailed to assist
in the ongoing process of relieving eye stress.
VISION TESTING: One of the most misunderstood areas of visual function
is how the eyes are processing information while viewing the VDT. A new and
unique software program is now available to perform visual tests right on
the computer screen. A complete presentation will describe the program and
how to fit it into a complete ergonomic program.
An open question and answer session is scheduled to assure that participants
understand the material presented. Any aspect of vision care can be addressed.
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