My glasses are useless

The glasses are fine for reading so the prescription is correct. It's just that they are useless for computer work, of which excessive amounts of time in front of a monitor caused my layoff. I was recommended to sit closer to the monitor but at the range at which the glasses begin to work I am too close to the screen and cannot see all of it at once. If I continue in that manner then I could well end up like the actor in the picture, left (Ben Turpin for those of you under 100 years of age.)

I have resorted to moving the screen further away so that my eyes don't get tired from working too hard at focussing. The glasses I just use for reading things in my hands; books, fiddling with electronics and so on. I am having to take rest breaks, which I never like to do once I get into the flow of things. There is the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away. By the time I notice the time, an hour or more might have passed. I am just too used to pushing myself past the pain and continuing to look through squinted eyes.

My work output has decreased a lot in the past month but I will gradually increase it again. However, I am not sure that I can work at the level I once did before the eyestrain. It's a case of quality over quantity, concentrating on the next book more than anything else. Some coding and research when I am up to it. Thanks to all those who wished me well.


  1. Hi James,

    Of course we are all very different, but I had exactly the same issue with my eyes, and like yourself just adjusted to it over time. I went into Specsavers to pick up some extra reading glasses one day, and ended up having a chat with an optician, who suggested trying varifocals. I was sceptical, but I had an eye test, and was prescribed a 50/50 varifocal lens - upper for screen distance, bottom for reading. Really can't recommend these highly enough, and they have greatly improved both reading and screen work of 10-12 hours per day without any strain and headaches that I used to get. They have definitely improved my productivity and comfort. Absolutely brilliant, and from memory only £79.



    1. Thanks for the advice, Steve.

      I will look into what you have said.