Is Trucking Hard On The Eyes?

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Joe C.'s Comment
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Hi all, so my current work has me using a computer screen for seven hours a day, and I physically can't take it anymore. From reading on here I believe I'm good for being a long-haul trucker, but I know it involves a lot of focusing keeping watch on traffic and the road from every direction all the time. Do any of you get eye fatigue or eye pain or light sensitivity from doing it? And is seeing a bunch of headlights all the time any issue? Thanks!

PackRat's Comment
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I find it more taxing mentally than anything physically. My eyes can be tired at the end of the day, mainly from lights in the mirrors. Nothing like a blue screen problem, though.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I find it more taxing mentally than anything physically. My eyes can be tired at the end of the day, mainly from lights in the mirrors. Nothing like a blue screen problem, though.

Same! I'm mentally fatigued at the end of a day driving in or near larger cities, but having tired eyes? Only when I have had my contacts in too long. That's a personal oopsie as opposed to a job hazard like screen time is. I'm more concerned about carpal tunnel due to lack of options to grip the steering wheel.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Same! I'm mentally fatigued at the end of a day driving in or near larger cities, but having tired eyes? Only when I have had my contacts in too long. That's a personal oopsie as opposed to a job hazard like screen time is. I'm more concerned about carpal tunnel due to lack of options to grip the steering wheel.

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A friend gave this steering wheel cover to me and put it on. The added thickness keeps me from getting cramps in my hands.

Laura

G-Town's Comment
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I have the same cover... love it! My eyes were far more fatigued when I was developing software than they are now. That’s me though... everyone is different.

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Same! I'm mentally fatigued at the end of a day driving in or near larger cities, but having tired eyes? Only when I have had my contacts in too long. That's a personal oopsie as opposed to a job hazard like screen time is. I'm more concerned about carpal tunnel due to lack of options to grip the steering wheel.

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A friend gave this steering wheel cover to me and put it on. The added thickness keeps me from getting cramps in my hands.

Laura

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I've been on computers since 8086's & 5-1/4 floppies, then Amiga 500, and those ugly 14 inch green screens back then, and pretty much daily since. Truck driving didn't really affect my vision, only seems I had dry eyes more , driving day or night, than I do now, not driving trucks

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
George B.'s Comment
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Lot lizards are hard on the eyes!rofl-3.gif

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi all, so my current work has me using a computer screen for seven hours a day, and I physically can't take it anymore. From reading on here I believe I'm good for being a long-haul trucker, but I know it involves a lot of focusing keeping watch on traffic and the road from every direction all the time. Do any of you get eye fatigue or eye pain or light sensitivity from doing it? And is seeing a bunch of headlights all the time any issue? Thanks!

Howdy, Joe C.; and welcome!

This won't hurt your eyes, I'm hoping! Read this first of all:

What MAY hurt your eyes are the idiots behind your rig, brighting you; or you won't see them at all!!

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Welcome to Trucking Truth! Stay awhile & enjoy the ride!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I have the same cover... love it! My eyes were far more fatigued when I was developing software than they are now. That’s me though... everyone is different.

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Same! I'm mentally fatigued at the end of a day driving in or near larger cities, but having tired eyes? Only when I have had my contacts in too long. That's a personal oopsie as opposed to a job hazard like screen time is. I'm more concerned about carpal tunnel due to lack of options to grip the steering wheel.

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0704842001650043576.jpg

A friend gave this steering wheel cover to me and put it on. The added thickness keeps me from getting cramps in my hands.

Laura

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I've been on computers since 8086's & 5-1/4 floppies, then Amiga 500, and those ugly 14 inch green screens back then, and pretty much daily since. Truck driving didn't really affect my vision, only seems I had dry eyes more , driving day or night, than I do now, not driving trucks

Lot lizards are hard on the eyes!rofl-3.gif

Well, G'Town & Stevo; George B.. u2! ..... Y'all got me thinking, since I didn't get to 'punk' anyone for April Fool's/1st:

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Tom's phone will have THIS as a screen saver (or his tablet?) upon awakening for his 'holiday'/Easter weekend:

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Oh, if I could ONLY get this on his Qualcomm , hehehe! ^^^^^ THAT'S some eye pain/strain!!

He got RIF'd out of the IT/telecomm industry, as well. Lucent certified OPS Tech II, Switchman for ICG and Alcatel.

(((Yeah, Yeah....I know, I'm mean.... (or bored ?!?!) O.o)))

Happy Easter, y'all!

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(>•.•<)

(") (")o

~ Anne ~

ps: LAURA, with all the dang GIFTS; really ?!?!?! I've got 100 load locks and can't GIVE them away! ( ?!?!?! ) YOU get company; I don't!?!?!?

Bruce K. (or BK?) bcz I forget...invites all y'all over, and then HE dips on the site, haha!!

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Good vision is obviously critical to safe driving. Most of us do okay during the daytime, especially when it’s not raining. Night driving can be much more difficult. My refrigerated company requires a large portion of time driving at night. I’m 69 yrs old and my night vision is not as good as when I was a young buck. Night driving and rain are not a good mix. The rain magnifies glare from on coming traffic, especially when there is only a guard rail to separate the roadway. Sometimes I will shut down at night if I feel my night vision is not up to the task.

The authority on TT regarding vision issues is Old School. He has dealt with and overcome serious vision issues. Hopefully, he will weigh in on this subject.

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