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Eyesight questions, working in the dark or office lights?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2012 at 5:10 PM

So I spend an inordinate amount of time in my office at work, mostly staring at pieces of paper or a computer screen, and I am wondering how to do the least amount of damage to my eyesight. I have two big windows, so I can get a fair amount of natural light on a sunny day, and I use f.Lux on my computer, but I'm curious as to what you think would be worse, the mild eyestrain that I may cause by not turning on my office lights or the effects that use of the light might have on my eyes?

For purposes of this question we can ignore the fact that my colleagues think I'm crazy for woking in the dark.

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on July 04, 2012
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Maybe you can bring your own lamp then, with whatever bulb would be better than the lighting source you have now. I'm sorry, I'm not sure what that might be, but I'd imagine that anything beats office lighting.

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at 05:34 PM

Yes I have outlets all over the place.

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on July 16, 2012
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If you are eating a nutrient rich diet, I wouldn't worry about damage to your eyes from work lights or the computer screen.

Eyestrain is usually caused by focusing at the same focal length for an excessive amount of time, remember to look up an focus on things far away as often as you remember to look up to let the eye muscles have some variety and relax for a moment. If you can see the papers easily I doubt the light is too low for reading.

I hate florescent lighting too, like Chinaeskimo said, bring your own light. The Reveal blue coated light bulbs are nice for a clean outdoor type light. Working in the evening, I find halogen lights to be easier on the eyes because they are more yellow. My one concern about working in the dark during the day is it could disrupt your circadian rhythms unless you are getting out of the office for a long lunch in the sun.

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on July 02, 2012
at 05:31 PM

They both sound bad to me. Is there a place you plug in your own light source?

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on July 02, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Yes I have outlets all over the place.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 04, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Maybe you can bring your own lamp then, with whatever bulb would be better than the lighting source you have now. I'm sorry, I'm not sure what that might be, but I'd imagine that anything beats office lighting.

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