jim_flanegin wrote:

>--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
>>>>>Cool. I will keep it in mind. I'm in a transition period now 
>>>>>where because of age the focal length of my vision is such 
>>>>>that I can read my computer screen perfectly, but can't 
>>>>>easily read books. 
>>>>Tell me about it.  I suffered -- needlessly -- with this
>>>>same thing for quite a while, until an eye doctor explained
>>>>it to me and told me how to get around it.  The issue, at
>>>>least for me, was *light*, not sharpness of vision.  As
>>>>you get older, the rods and cones in your eyes grow
>>>>"tired," and don't respond as well to low levels of light.
>>>>In my case, at my optometrist's suggestion, I bought a 
>>>>few extremely bright halogen lamps, and poof! the problem 
>>>>went away.
>>>>Where this issue is the biggest problem for me is in an
>>>>environment where I can't control the lighting.  Glasses
>>>>don't help if the issue is needing more light.  For
>>>>example, I've grown used to having to have my date read
>>>>the dinner bill for me in dimly-lit restaurants.  Cool
>>>>I guess if it's an expensive restaurant and I've just
>>>>splurged on dinner, but a bit embarrassing if I've taken 
>>>>her to one of my favorite bargain joints.  :-)
>>>Right, its the light too- which is one reason I can read a 
>>>computer screen more easily...no big deal...
>>You might also want to look into the sharpness and
>>the flicker rate of the computer screen itself.  I
>>had a bad monitor at work for a while, an old-style
>>CRT monitor.  What I'd notice that was on the Metro
>>going to work, I could read a book easily, but on
>>the way home, after looking at the monitor all day,
>>I couldn't even focus on the page.  Finally I put
>>two and two together and asked for a different 
>>monitor.  Poof!  The problem went away completely.
>>None of these suggestions may be relevant to your
>>situation, but I'm just bringing them up because
>>I spent a couple of years avoiding reading because
>>it was no longer comfortable.  Then I figured out
>>that I didn't have to.
>Yep, thanks for all of this. Fortunately my greater difficulty with 
>reading has coincided nicely with my lack of interest in 
>books...Funny, because at first I thought something was wrong. Then 
>I realized it wasn't.
There is also a report recently that people aren't able to read so well 
because they have become used to "skimming" information on the web  due 
to  the overwhelming amount information available.   When my work load 
is low I read books on weekends as I can't after a full day at the 
computer, not because of flicker but because I feel it better to focus 
on something at a distance (my HDTV) and give my eyes a rest from close 
work.  My optometrist agreed.

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