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How Technology is Killing our Eyes: Daniel Georgiev at TEDxVarna (Transcript)

Daniel Georgiev

Daniel Georgiev: Hello.

(Audience) Hello!

DG: My name is Daniel, and I’m the creator of a little software for eye protection called “Iris.” Has anybody in the audience heard about it? Wow, thank you. It has become pretty popular, I guess. My story starts two years ago, when a doctor told me that I need to wear glasses. This was a shock for me because my vision was perfect my entire life. Basically, I realized that maybe 16 hours per day in front of the computer isn’t so healthy.

After this point, fixing my eyes became an obsession for me. I spent the last two years researching the eyes and the monitors. I also created “Iris,” which implements some of the things I learned about eyes. So I’m here today to try to explain to you why we feel eye pain and to give you some tips on how to sit in front of the PC all day and be healthy. I want to start by saying we are made to look at distant objects.

Reading and using computers is not natural for us. This is one of the main reasons for the increasing eye problems in the world. It’s just unnatural. When you read something, you stop blinking because you need to focus on the letters. It’s a lot easier when you read on paper, but monitors flicker all the time.

I want to explain what I mean by flicker. Monitors are like a light bulb, but instead of one light bulb, you have millions of them, several inches in size. In order to not burn them, you need to turn them on and off all the time, hundreds of times per second. And this thing, this on and off thing, is called “flicker.” Our brain is so slow that we don’t perceive it.

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