Sunday, August 14, 2005

Working with computers and their effect on my eyesight

Being a programmer must be one of the toughest jobs on your eyes. You stare at the radiation emitting display unit (monitor-lah) all day and as is the norm with my profession of choice, many sleepness nights as well.

On my first job the hardware assigned to me was god-awful. My machine was a Pentium 133Mhz P.O.S. with a CRT monitor. No major problems there though I often got headaches resulting from neck aches because I did not practice sitting with the correct posture.

My second job provided me with great hardware. We had the latest AMD processors on our desktops and even Xeon processors for our servers. It was also my first prolonged exposure to LCD monitors. The hours were long in this job and I think this is where my eyesight started to deteriorate. However, I could still read signboards across the street.

Now my third job was the worst for my eyesight. I had a Pentium 4 PC (though most of my colleagues only had P3s) but somehow or rather they decided that the cost of RAM outweights the cost of lost productivity so they crippled the machines by giving each only 256Mb or RAM. We were running Windows XP and I had to run my Eclipse. Couple that with Rational Rose and Microsoft Word and we're talking about 5 minute load times.

But that's besides the point. After working there for several months I began to get near-daily headaches resulting from strained eyes. It was so bad that when I took my toilet breaks and I looked at the wall facing me I could see the grains on the wall moving! Driving home at night after working here provided some fresh challenges because I could not focus my eyes well anymore. I also started to notice that my right eye had significantly distorted vision than my left. I had an LCD as well on this job. They say LCDs are better for the eyes than CRTs. After my experience on this job I tend to disagree.

Now I'm working on more or less what can be considered as my fourth job (I didn't really change jobs... it's just how you look at it). I finally decided to do something about my poor eyesight and got myself a pair of glasses. They're not branded or anything but they get the job done. It helps when I use the monitor at work and though I don't usually wear it outside of work it generally helps me see better and it makes me look a little smarter to :) I'm back to using CRTs at work by the way... coupled with my new spectacles I haven't been having headaches for a week. I hope this keeps up cause I really hate headaches.

No more eagle eye vision for yours truly.

posted by wyejon at Sunday, August 14, 2005 (permalink) |

4 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

It is NOT the CRT or LCD, it is your eye afterall!

7:13 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

Actually I was trying to say that working in front of the computer for a few years is bad for your eyes and that somehow LCD monitors have not been any better on the eyes.

11:22 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Dragon City

I think u should get a sunglass instead. My ex-colleague use to had bad headache in the office untill he start wearing sunglass in the office. Since then, his headache gone, productivity drop coz he start to take a lot of nap in the office.

1:43 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

hahaha... if you wear sunglasses in the office you look like a blind man lah.

6:05 PM  

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