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Health: VDU Use

Volume 706: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they will promote to prevent eye damage for computer users from looking at screens. [HL481]

There are currently no plans for further research on the prevention of eye damage from computer use in the workplace. Current medical opinion is that computer use in the workplace does not cause permanent eye damage or disease. Prolonged looking at a screen can result in discomfort, such as dry eyes, headaches and eye irritation. For this reason, HSE recommends short, frequent breaks from screen use of about five to 10 minutes every hour.