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Dizziness when scrolling down pages on a computer screen


I get dizziness when scrolling down an internet page or word document. This leaves me feeling pretty blurry and dizzy. I don't have any trouble's reading text on a PC screen, or blurry vision. Does everyone get this? It makes computer use very difficult.

I also get dizziness from camera changes when watching TV. Finally, I get dizziness watching or playing a 3d videogame, where the fixed camera moves left and right a lot.

Answer Written answer:

To some extent this is normal, as our eyes are not designed to read scrolling text, probably because the eye movements are different then reading text in a book. With long documents a lot of people prefer to print them first and read them as a normal paper document. However, there could be an optical/refractive problem with your eyes that may help to correct, so I would advise an eye test. 

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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