Originally Posted by GingersMom
It is not bad for my eyes, it actually reduces MY eye strain. Might be bad for your eyes, but it is easier on mine, and I always make sure I am blinking.
Having a light on while I am in front of a computer makes me squint and gives me headaches. It's even worse in an office environment where there are overhead flourescents.
Believe what you wish, but it is very well known that it is harder for one's eyes to focus under lower lighting. This isn't debatable at all, look it up if you do not believe me. Go ask any optometrist even.
Blinking is automatic - thus when a person is more concentrated on something the amount of times a person blinks in a minute decreases. This happens whenever one reads, watches tv, uses a computer, etc, it can't be helped.
The strain you feel from fluorescents has to do with the type of light they emit - most emit a lot within a more harmful (to eyes) blue range. Combine this with the fact that they are overhead and you get glare
And there's a very good reason for pointing this out. Everyone is urged to conserve, but don't harm yourselves in the process! People tend to take their eyesight for granted (the same with hearing and many other things you rely on day to day) never knowing that something can easily come along and mess it up.
It's put more in perspective for you if you have eye issues yourself or know someone who does. For example, I have a friend with a rare genetic disorder who could wake up blind tomorrow... she's thankful for everyday that she can still manage to see.
Since fluorescents have been mentioned a few times in the thread - I've always wondered something. Do they truly conserve energy if 2-3 times the amount of bulbs are needed to light an area that takes less incandescents? And if anyone tries to say it doesn't take that many, why do stores and office buildings use so many tubes (a question I had to ask myself the other day while cleaning out bugs...