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Vision@WORK+play

Vision@WORK+Play - JenniferLong

Dr. Jennifer Long - author of Vision@WORK+play

Jennifer Long is an optometrist and a Certified Professional Ergonomist, based in Katoomba, Australia.

Jennifer is the founding director of Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics, and since 2006 has provided visual ergonomics consultancy services related to vision and digital displays, lighting and glare. She also holds a visiting appointment (Conjoint Senior Lecturer) at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, and is an Editorial Board member of WORK.

In this monthly blog, Jennifer explores the myriad ways vision is important for people at work and play. Readers are invited to contribute to the conversation by commenting on the blog posts.

 

While world leaders debated strategies for tackling climate change at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021, I pondered “what role can ergonomics play in this issue?”


As chance...

Are you surprised to learn that people access their touchscreen mobile devices (such as smartphones, tablets) on average 52 times per day?


Or that some people use their mobile devices for up to 7.5...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact worldwide. Deaths, severe illness and lockdowns have all made headlines.


Another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the provision of...

How do you know when it is time to change the light bulbs in your house?


You would think that the time would be obvious, especially for someone like me who gives advice about vision and lighting.

...

Do you experience motion sickness when traveling in cars, boats or planes?

If so, then you are not alone.

Approximately 60% of the population experience motion sickness, and women are twice as...

How many virtual conferences have you attended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic?


I‘ve attended 20 webinars, 7 conferences and 1 course since June 2021. This is much, much more professional...

Digital displays have become indispensable in modern life. We use our devices for a wide range of activities, including work, social, shopping and recreation.



Some people experience eyestrain and...

Do you use your smartphone or tablet device while in bed?



It’s OK to admit it. Many people do.



A United States study published in 2015 found that 50% of workers frequently use their smartphone...

Twelve months ago you might not have thought much about hand sanitiser. The advent of COVID-19 has changed that, and now dispensers of hand sanitiser are everywhere – in shops, at restaurants, and on...

Working from home and remote work has been thrust upon us this year by COVID-19. It’s been a steep learning curve for many organisations unaccustomed to this mode of work. For those who have already...

For many years I have discussed the eye’s ability to see in darkness with examples from astronomy. “When you go outside at night and look at the stars…”

 

Mrs Digby shuffled into the room on the arm of the professor. He led her to the chair and after a brief enquiry about her health, asked what she could read on the letter chart.


Her eyes feverishly...

“The lighting is terrible in this room!”

You have probably heard people say this. You may have even said it yourself.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many consequences. Social distancing, working from home and virtual meetings have all become embedded in our work-life vocabulary.

My kindergarten teacher, Mrs Dean, taught me how to hold a pencil for writing and colouring in.

“What do you do?” is a common conversation starter.

“I’m a visual ergonomist.”

 

“Do I have 20/20 vision?”


This is one of the most common questions I’ve been asked by patients at the end of an eye examination.


Although being able to read letters on a vision chart is an...

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It’s December already and the festive season is upon us. For many of us, this means end of year parties, lots of food, drink and yes – bubbly.


We’ve all been told not to shake a bottle of sparkling...

A colleague recounted this story to me last week:

I was onsite talking to a warehouse manager. They had an employee who frequently bumped into objects while driving a forklift.


“We can’t work it...