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Better than a poke in the eye

Kevin Larson

Sunday 16 September | 14:00 – 14:30
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

Presentation | Theme: Landscapes | Duration: 30 minutes

Eye fatigue is a big problem for computer users, and for any kind of prolonged reading activity. More than half of computer users report suffering from eye fatigue. But what is eye fatigue? It may sound silly to ask because people recognize it when they’re experiencing it, but our understanding of eye fatigue is poor. There currently isn’t any way of measuring eye fatigue beyond asking people how much they are suffering. This hasn’t slowed the sellers of specious techniques to correct problems that lead to eye fatigue. Can a comprehensive set of eye exercises fix nearsightedness? Do tinted lenses correct dyslexia? Recently we've started a project attempting to discover the physiological cause of eye fatigue. In the first phase of the project we learned that eye fatigue caused by internal factors and eye fatigue caused by external factors are quite different from each other.

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Kevin Larson Researcher Microsoft Advanced Reading Technologies | USA

Kevin Larson received his PhD in cognitive psychology in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. His passion is understanding the impact of typography on the reading experience and applying that understanding towards improving on-screen reading. People have literally been shocked during some of his recent presentations.

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