Catalogue Number: 2878
The SEC-VDU Study Bulletin number 4. The prevalence of ocular disease in VDU users
: Victorian College of Optometry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1994
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian College of Optometry
Description Of Item: Booklet of 28 pages with orange light card cover. Describes Comparisons of the Symptoms Reported by VDU Users and Non-VDU Users. Authors B. L. Cole, J. D. Maddocks and K Sharpe. Also included with this item is a paper by Barry Cole Do video display units cause visual problems? - a bedside story about the processes of public health decsion making. Clin Exp Optom 2003; 86: 205-220, which summarises the VDU public health issue that persisted for 30 years, during which time there was much discussion and considerable expenditure on unnecessary eye examinations, but gave optometry a public health platform on which it could establish its claim to expertise.
Historical Significance: One of four reports on the effects of Visual Display Units on the vision of users. The State Electricity Commission of Victoria initiated this study because of concerns of workers about the effects of long term use of the then new technology of VDUs. The study was a six year longitudinal one of 600 employees of the SECV who used VDUs and a similar sized control group. It was undertaken by the Victorian College of Optometry and led by Professor Barry Cole, then the Director of the College. Use of VDUs at work was a major public health and industrial relations issue throughout the world from the late 1970s. (See Cole, B L (1981) Technical note: VDUs - not a new disease, a new challenge Aust J Optom 64, 24-27). The contract for this study with the State Electricity Commisison of Victoria was a sign of the acceptance of optometry as a trustworthy and authoritative voice in public affairs. Up until the 1960s ophthalmology provided the authorative opinions on matters such as this. (See book by Barry L Cole. A history of Australian Optometry. 2015 Chapter 15). The final report was published in Cole, BL (1993) Do VDUs harm the eyes? A report of a six year study of VDU operators In: Luczak, H, Cakir, AE and Cakir, G Work with Display Units North Holland: Amsterdam 283 - 287 and Cole, B L, Maddocks, JD and Sharpe, K (1996) The effect of VDUs on the eyes: a report of a six year epidemiological study Optom Vis Sci 73, 512 - 528. This paper is filed with these Bulletins.
How Acquired: Donated by Barry Cole, honorary archvist
Date Acquired: July 2016
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 7