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Old 01-28-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I have a 9 hour-a-day desk job, and when I get home I spend about an hour on the computer, but I try to limit that time as much as possible.

By the time I'm about halfway through my work day, I have to squint to see words and numbers on the computer; so much so that I have to massage my forehead because it aches so badly (I don't get migraines from it, though). I take breaks when it gets really bad, but I can't leave my desk or computer for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time due to the work pace.

I also notice a delay in reaction time towards the end of the day. I'm more likely to make mistakes on my work because I can't focus on the computer and process things as quickly as at the beginning of the day.

I have no experience with sight related issues, and have never had the need to have glasses. My last check-up (several years ago), I had 20/20 vision.

Is this sight related and should I go to the doctor to get checked up, or is it something else? I apologize in advance if this is a naive question. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of thing!

Another thing to note is my vision is not affected in my normal activities, only when I'm on the computer and driving at night. My depth perception has never been 100%, and I've seen it noticably deteriorate in the last few years, but never to the point where I was concerned. I'm beginning to think I need to get my eyes checked out.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I think you are right! But just b/c it's a generally good thing to o. I suspect you have computer-eyes or whatever they are calling it now. Google for some eye exercises to do every 30 min or so, I think just raise your eyes up to a distant spot will help but there is a lot of info out there.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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My eyes are corrected to 20/20 for distance like driving. My eye doctor mentioned that if this gave me trouble on the computer he would make me a pair of "cheaters" for that use. I have never needed to, but maybe a pair of glasses for computer use might be in order for you. Give your eyes a break even if you can't get up from the desk, just focus at something as far away as possible for a few minutes so your eyes can rest.

Is your monitor an old CRT or a newer flat panel? If it is a CRT this might be an issue with your refresh rate. I had to have the refresh set to 70 or higher or I could see it flashing in the corner of my eye and I would get headaches. If it is a flat panel you might want to make sure that you have "clear type" enabled.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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My eyes are corrected to 20/20 for distance like driving. My eye doctor mentioned that if this gave me trouble on the computer he would make me a pair of "cheaters" for that use. I have never needed to, but maybe a pair of glasses for computer use might be in order for you. Give your eyes a break even if you can't get up from the desk, just focus at something as far away as possible for a few minutes so your eyes can rest.

Is your monitor an old CRT or a newer flat panel? If it is a CRT this might be an issue with your refresh rate. I had to have the refresh set to 70 or higher or I could see it flashing in the corner of my eye and I would get headaches. If it is a flat panel you might want to make sure that you have "clear type" enabled.
I have a flat panel at work and an old CRT at home. The one at work seems to give me more eye problems.

I set an appointment for next month to have an eye exam. I found out it's only $10 through my insurance. I can certainly afford that!
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Definitely take care of it now if it is covered by insurance. Certainly one of our things that got real expensive to keep carying.

Make sure you get the viewing distance right because I know my monitor is further away from me than "standard". I would measure it with a yardstick to get a range before you go in.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have a 9 hour-a-day desk job, and when I get home I spend about an hour on the computer, but I try to limit that time as much as possible.

By the time I'm about halfway through my work day, I have to squint to see words and numbers on the computer; so much so that I have to massage my forehead because it aches so badly (I don't get migraines from it, though). I take breaks when it gets really bad, but I can't leave my desk or computer for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time due to the work pace.

I also notice a delay in reaction time towards the end of the day. I'm more likely to make mistakes on my work because I can't focus on the computer and process things as quickly as at the beginning of the day.

I have no experience with sight related issues, and have never had the need to have glasses. My last check-up (several years ago), I had 20/20 vision.

Is this sight related and should I go to the doctor to get checked up, or is it something else? I apologize in advance if this is a naive question. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of thing!

Another thing to note is my vision is not affected in my normal activities, only when I'm on the computer and driving at night. My depth perception has never been 100%, and I've seen it noticably deteriorate in the last few years, but never to the point where I was concerned. I'm beginning to think I need to get my eyes checked out.

Sounds to me like you're just fatigued.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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A couple of thoughts for you. Yes...make sure that at least every 30 minutes you take your eyes away from the monitor!! Very important.

while I do wear glasses I also have a set of glasses they did specifically for when I am working at the computer. I must say they really do help a lot. someone else mentioned measuring the distance from where you sit to your monitor before going in for your check up. I would suggest that you actually have someone else do the measuring for you. And make sure that you are sitting as you generally do.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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Yeh that glare coating on glasses is awesome. Even if you don't need glasses I would get a clear lens with a coating. I got mine super cheap at America's Best Eyeglasses. Its a chain and maybe there is one near you? They always have sales where you get 2 pairs for around 100 bucks. (single vision)
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Update: I went to see the eye doctor and it was determined that I did, indeed, need glasses. I've had them for 4 days now and the difference is AMAZING. I can actually see again!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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If you're squinting a lot and things look blurry from a certain distance: YES, YOU DO NEED GLASSES.
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