Working on computers everyday, as I do, I worry about eye strain. In fact, I only started to need glasses when I began using a computer everyday at college. To keep your eyes healthy they recommend that you take a break from the screen every 15 minutes and, ideally, look out of a window. It is important to get your eyes focusing at different distances to keep the focusing muscles in shape.
The only problem with this is that it isn’t easy to take a break every 15 minutes. When I’m in the flow I can lose hours just like that. For a while I had solved the problem by having my desk in front of a view that looked out towards the North Downs in Kent. It was a pleasant view that drew my eyes away from the screen often enough to give my eyes a work out. Unfortunately I now have to work in a room with no window. There is a rooflight window for natural light. Now that I’ve lost my view I have started to worry about my sight again.
I’ve always though it a shame that we can’t just put a photo of a nice view next to the screen to achieve the same results. Obviously that won’t work as there is no depth to a photo and your eyes only need to focus at the same distance as the screen. Then I hit on the next best thing!
I call my little invention the psuedo-view. I haven’t had a chance to make one and anyone is welcome to take my idea and market it if they want to. If you do could you please send me one or two of the finished product and token payments are always welcome!
The idea is that for each eye there is a tube to look into. They are separate from each other and contain three transparent plates in them. A foreground image is printed on the closest plate to the eye, a mid-ground one on the second and the furthest one has the background on it. The three images combined show a photo of a nice view. Both eyes see the same images.
Here’s the clever bit. By adjusting the positions of a pair of plates (left and right) we can make it so the eyes have to refocus to go from looking at the foreground to looking at the midground or background. Just like in real life.
I haven’t been able to test this but it seems like it should work given my meagre understanding of how the eyes work. Essentially I was envisioning a set of binoculars with adjustable images inside them. It would be more practical (and possible I think) to slim them down to a pair of glasses you could pop on and off easily for a break now and then. You could even sell executive versions that play you soothing music.
If you have and comments or suggestions I’d be happy to hear them.