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February 3, 2012 12:20 PM Subscribe
Please help me hack severe eye strain due to back-lit devices.
posted by rumposinc to health & fitness (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Over the last five years, I've experienced progressive eye-strain (focusing delays, pain, headaches, intolerance) when I work with back-lit devices (computers, any kind of monitor or display, phones). I worked with my eye doctor, and she wrote a prescription for glasses I wear when I do these kinds of tasks, and that has helped until recently. I do have a follow-up with her this month to discuss my options again (so please include details or questions that you know would be helpful to her in helping me).
I wear glasses for simple myopia all the time, and the lesser power glasses for the computer work. I make sure to adjust my views (when I can) to improve readability and the level of light until I am comfortable, and I look away frequently, but it is to the point that ten minutes is starting to be my outside limit.
I work in healthcare, so I have to deal with this all the time--all image studies (plain films, MRIs, ultrasounds, CATs) are presented on big back-lit monitors in dark radiology rooms. Most records for charting and reviewing are on computers. What has helped is that I can send most journal articles, reviews, and longer emails, etc. to my e-ink reader. But, it's really, really annoying to get pounding headaches from spending a morning looking for very discrete details on some kiddo's skeletal survey, or from normal charting. On some of these tasks, it's important I don't make errors.
I don't get this from exogenously lit materials--books, papers, e-ink. Or from doing small procedures like sutures. I use otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes and colposcopes and microscopes just fine, and regularly. I don't watch any TV (we've never had one)--I did regularly watch media on my computer, but I've recently found myself avoiding even 1/2 hour programs.
My doctor's ruled out major disorders of the eye as of our appointment 4ish months ago, and I'm a healthy 37-year-old lady otherwise. I'm wondering what to ask about in my appointment this month as well as other hacks, technological and otherwise, to deal with this.
And now I have to stop writing this, because--OW!