Eyes and VDU

Although there is no reliable evidence to suggest that even long-term intensive use of VDUs is damaging to the eyes, it is true that VDU users tend to complain of eye strain more than non-users.

This is likely to be due to fatigue through causes such as:

  • Insufficient and infrequent rest periods
  • Incorrect positioning of the screen and/or documents
  • Unsuitable lighting
  • Poorly designed work area
  • An uncorrected eyesight fault such as long sight, short sight, astigmatism or presbyopia
  • The eyes not working ‘as a team’


Any of these conditions could lead to fatigue; all can be overcome through good design of the working environment and by regular eye care.