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Arnold J. Wilkins

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521747.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Visual Stress

Arnold J. Wilkins

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses eye-strain as a physical consequence of visual stimulation, and then provides an overview of the remainder of the book. A general and unified theory of visual discomfort is provided in Chapters 2–4, and then applied to a variety of everyday problems, such as eye-strain from reading (Chapter 5), from lighting (Chapter 6), from television and visual display terminals (Chapter 7), and more generally from design (Chapter 8). The role of colour in therapy is reviewed in Chapter 9. Chapter 10 provides some theoretical speculations, and the Appendix gives a summary of techniques for preventing discomfort.

Keywords:   eye-strain, visual discomfort, visual stress, colour therapy, visual display terminals

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