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Glasses for Work Efficiency

Work GlassesWhen I was 43-years-old β€” I propped myself up in bed to read. I rubbed my eyes a few times, thinking I had some vaseline left on them from removing my makeup. Then I wiped with a tissue. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of the blur.

I straightened up in bed and, completely by accident, realized that moving the book further away from my face made it all come into focus. In a flash all the middle-aged jokes about arms not being long enough made perfect sense.

Ugh.

Now, I actually did get glasses once, in 2000. But the prescription was off and they literally made me nauseous every time I put them on. So I put them away and have gone au naturale ever since.

Four years after my blurry eyed discover, however, I find myself unable to deny the obvious. I desperately need eyeglasses.

How do I know? Well, I have a small magnifying glass in my purse, I have magnifying lenses in my office, and I have to get my kids to read dosages before I give them medications!

Those of us who make a living working online, need good eyesight. Sure you can continually magnify what appears on the screen, but if you refer to anything in hard copy, you need to be able to see it.

I’ve given up. I’m going to see the eye doctor before the end of the year. True, I feel a bit compelled by the end of the insurance year and wanting to use every penny in the medical reimbursement account. But, motives aside, I’m finally doing the right thing for my eyes.

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  • ws December 9, 2011, 7:41 am

    Safe your eyes Have a bigger screen big font size and dark theme of Operating system will help. God bless you.

  • Zeny December 19, 2011, 10:34 am

    You can continually magnify what appears on the screen, but if you refer to anything in hard copy, you need to be able to see it.
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  • Frank Zweegers December 19, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Oh, I know your problem πŸ™‚ I am spending the whole days infront of the PC and I noticed recently that my eyes got very bad. But I love internet and this is my job, so what can you do πŸ™‚

  • clt December 21, 2011, 6:16 am

    Great post, Alison.
    Regards…

  • Robert December 22, 2011, 2:57 am

    After working on computers for so long put pressure on eyes.

  • PP December 23, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I know exactly the feeling. I had to wear glasses for ages but now I got a eye correction surgery and it’s great to see without any help.

    Mel

  • Brice Stillson December 23, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Heh I know what you mean. I’m in my late 30’s and already on my 5th pair of glasses. I can see fine with them on or off just one eye (my left) is a bit of a lazy bugger and needs to pull the load more. But I do notice that I have trouble working at night and my driving at night is equally shocking. I can only imagine how hard it must be for older webmasters to concentrate on their sites when everything on the screen is fuzzy.
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  • James December 26, 2011, 6:16 pm

    Your lucky to have had good eyesight for so long. I have had to wear glasses since 1968 when I was only 8 years old. I don’t need glasses just for work, I need them for survival. I couldn’t even drive to the end of the block without smashing into someone or something without my glasses or contact lens.

  • Amanda December 27, 2011, 10:51 am

    i always put on my special glasses for work with a computer before starting it. Of course, they can also hurt a little bit, but at least I know that my sight is in normal

  • Alison Moore Smith December 27, 2011, 12:34 pm

    From what I understand, ws, white background with dark print is actually easiest to read. Dark themed backgrounds are also less preferable to a majority of web users when polling is done.

    Zeny, yea, I had to start doing the enlarge text on some emails a couple of years ago. It’s time to face reality. πŸ™‚

  • Alison Moore Smith December 27, 2011, 12:36 pm

    James, I wore glasses from the time I was two until I was 12. By 2nd grade I had bifocals. (I was also cross-eyed, far sighted, etc.) When I was 12 my eyes were 20/20. No surgery, no nothing. I guess I just outgrew it. When I noticed the eyes going about four years ago, all I could think about was the inconvenience of having to wear corrective lenses again. Ugh.

  • Bibiana Halina January 3, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing, your lucky to have had good eyesight for so long. I have had to wear glasses since 1968 when I was only 8 years old. I don’t need glasses just for work, I need them for survival. Keep up good work.
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  • Santosh parajuli January 17, 2012, 12:32 pm

    thank you for ur informations this is very useful for web designer to consider about the colour effects to the eyes so keep going on …nice post
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  • Mani February 10, 2012, 5:11 am

    I am one computer addict who has experimented with glasses and contacts. While stick to glasses when I am on my laptop, I wear contact lenses only when I go out to attend formal functions or special occasions.
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