From Business Day Live:
Do you think it’s better for your eyes to read a digital book or the old-fashioned type, printed with ink on paper?
It took me ages to warm to my Kindle (I have technophobic tendencies and an iPad still seems adventurous). What sold me was the convenience when travelling abroad. It made so much sense to lighten my load by no longer lugging books in my luggage (the excessive alliteration is unintentional).
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So I was intrigued to receive an email from an American proponent of “natural vision improvement” (a topic that warrants discussion on its own, and for another time), asking whether digital or printed books are better for your vision.
The answer: if your vision is good to start with, medical science won’t prescribe one way or the other. It’s a matter of personal preference.
It’s another story altogether if you have low vision to start with, or serious eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, that damage your central vision.
And digital books are proving helpful for elderly readers. A German study reported in the Public Library of Science One journal in February 2013 shows that elderly people find reading easier when using backlit electronic devices, thanks to increased contrast between the text and the background.
The researchers also say their findings don’t support the idea that digital reading devices are more tiring on the eyes.
Link to the rest at Business Day Live