Flourescent light sensitivity (flicker sensitivity )

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by xyzzy12, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. xyzzy12

    xyzzy12 Guest

    At work I noticed that when I read my monitor (with a flourescent
    overhead) or the printed page that the text seems to *move* and its
    hard to focus on it but at home (with a similar monitor but lit by
    incandescent light) I do not have this problem. However, at work if
    it is a bright sunny day and I stand by the window I can read text just
    fine. I recently bought a incandescent lamp and put it in my cube and
    if I read by that it is much clearer. I am also very sensitive
    monitors with low refresh rates. If the monitor is at 60Hz its
    unbearable. But when I started in the computer industry I could easily
    use 60Hz monitors.

    A couple people at my small company have various stages of this issue,
    but no one has mentioned the printed page issue.

    Is there an article or name of this condition that I can use to find
    out more information? Would different flourescent bulbs help? Any
    xyzzy12, Dec 16, 2004
  2. xyzzy12

    g.gatti Guest

    use electronic ballast for the fluorescent tubes and use full spectrum
    g.gatti, Dec 16, 2004
  3. xyzzy12

    Dr Judy Guest

    Flourescent bulbs has a flicker and some people have a high flicker
    sensitivity. As the ballast in the light fixture ages, it starts to
    malfuntion and flicker may be more apparent. Incandescent bulbs do not
    flicker. The best solution is the one you have discovered: use an
    incandescent bulb as supplemental light. If other people notice it too,
    then ask your employer to replace the ballasts in the light fixtures.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Dec 18, 2004
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