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.
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