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Eye Problems in Radiologists

Author(s): Morteza Tahmasebi | Morteza Joorabian

Journal: Iranian Journal of Radiology
ISSN 1735-1065

Volume: 8;
Issue: S1;
Start page: 81;
Date: 2011;
Original page

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In recent years, technologic advances (including the"nintroduction of MDCT) coupled with an increasing"nnumber of unfilled radiology positions have led to an"nincreasing workload for radiologists. In fact radiologists"nworking under a heavy workload potentially face"na range of health issues, including musculoskeletal"ninjuries, eye strain and other problems. Eye strain is"na well-recognized consequence of computer overuse"nand it may be a particular issue for radiologists."nPosterior subcapsular cataract (PSC) is common"namong interventional radiologists. Visual acuity is"neasily measured and corrected, but very little has"nbeen written regarding its importance to practicing"nradiologists. Eye strain is common in radiologists and"nit does not vary significantly between those using"nPACS and film. Improving the ergonomic design"nof workstations and modifying the work habits of"ncomputer users (with supplementary breaks) have"nbeen shown to have positive effects on eye strain"nin these workers. Interventional radiologists are at"nhigh risk of radiation-induced eye injury and should"nconsider eye protection to avoid posterior subcapsular"n(PSC) cataract formation. There is a progressive"nnormal deterioration in visual acuity with age which"nwill affect all radiologists, and in addition, there may"nbe an increased effect from the non-stochastic effect of"nionising radiation on the lens. According to abundance"nof eye problems related to over-use of computers in"nradiologists recognition and proper prevention of"nthem is necessary for radiologists.

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