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Monitors for People with Poor Eyesight?

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the D-E-F-P-O-T-E-C dept.

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tuxbeej writes "Just recently I've been told that I may be developing keratoconus, a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop (thanks, NKCF!). As a result, my eyesight will get worse and it's getting harder to see on a 15" monitor. Being 22 years old and studying MIS, I've been hoping to keep my eyesight for a long, long time. Anyway, I was in the market for a new monitor and I was curious to know if anyone has done shopping for a monitor intended for someone with bad eyesight? Are there any recommended sizes, features, brands? It seems like a generic question, but I'm curious to know if certain technologies have any advantages over another or if there is a site out there that handles info like this." We had an older article about CRT's vs. LCD's.

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Wide page for poor eyesight! (-1)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257602)

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Re:Wide page for poor eyesight! (-1)

Ralph Malph Alpha (551824) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257633)

Oh, my eyes! I'm cured!

Where were you? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257651)

Where were you earlier today? I covered for you in the last few posts, but you cant expect me to be there every time you are slacking off.

Re:Where were you? (-1)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257687)

I was in bed! I was up all night hacking away at a method to widen and finally found it, so I was exhausted!

Re:Where were you? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257702)

We will forgive you this time, but I hope you werent in bed with our old friend [] .


Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257725)

Thats 1 degree of seperation

Thats business with .NET

Re:Wide page for poor eyesight! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257859)

Was this supposed to widen the page? Loser.

Klerck is dead (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257878)

CmdrTaco has confirmed: Klerck is dead

Israeli radio is reporting that Klerck was killed by IDF commandos in Rammalah along with members of Yassar Arafat's Elite17 body guard.

Klerck's body could be seen being hauled away. His legs had been doubled up by rigor mortis, and an open chest would was clearly visible.

Fact: Klerck is dead and banned and bitch slapped.

It's the 2000's (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257616)

time to move up to a 17" amber monitor shiznit.

Re:It's the 2000's (-1)

asbestos_diaper (456125) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257644)

I strip you of your claims to first post!

this post for all logged-in, cold hearted motherfuckers!

Re:It's the 2000's (-1)

Ralph Malph Alpha (551824) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257709)

Here I am, you blind imposter fag, suck me dry. Klerck took it first, and your dainty homo ass be DENIED, yo.


FORK PIST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257618)

Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (4, Informative)

corebreech (469871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257623)

Yeah, it's 1024x768, but it covers the whole wall. Nice contrast, no flicker... hard to see how there'd be any eye strain with that if you have it set up right (proper distance from projector to wall, and between you and wall.)

Of course, the things make a racket.

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (2, Funny)

h4l0 (561266) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257634)

on top of that playing quake 3 on one of those projector dealies is a blast!

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (1)

bleckywelcky (518520) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257888)

I've imagined being able to play CS, Q3, or other variant thereof on a wall with a projector. How does it feel? Are there any problems with a delay between your actual game play and what is being displayed? How about display rates on the projectors themselves? I'm not entirely sure how the projectors function; since they are usually used in presentations and what not, I would imagine that if display rates had to be worked on, they would not develop them too much as presentations don't require high rates. All in all, anyone care to share their experiences playing FPSs on projectors? Some economy models are coming out in the $1k range too, anyone know how those compare too higher quality ones for playing games? We need some sort of in-depth review in this area.

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (0, Redundant)

keiferb (267153) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257635)

mmmm... wall-sized counterstrike.

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (3, Insightful)

acrhemeied (316269) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257666)

But the bulbs cost ~$300 a pop... this would be an expensive display device to keep running. I don't think they're designed for continuous use in mind.

Does anyone know how often LCD projector bulbs need to be replaced?

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (2)

skt (248449) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257697)

It depends on the model, they are rated for a certain number of hours.

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (2, Informative)

mstrjon32 (542309) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257726)

Most bulbs last 1000 hours, which is nothing. Thats about a bulb every month and a half if you burn it 24/7. Not very cost effective, although fun for Quake and DVD's =)

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (5, Informative)

fleener (140714) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257700)

Contact your local blind support group. They will have computer resources/referrals for people with "low vision." You may not consider yourself visually impaired, but you are. They can help.

Re:Why not one of the big LCD projector dealies? (3, Informative)

56ker (566853) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257713)

Or to save you the expense of a new monitor - there are various programs that magnify a bit of the screen for you - if you're running Windows check out the acessibility options in Control Panel.

Monitor (2, Informative)

malcolm2r (551437) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257624)

A large LCD would probably be the easiest on the eyes, if not on the wallet. If you can afford a large lcd monitor, I would go for it. Otherwise a large CRT would have to do. That said, any flat screen large monitor is kewl.

From my experience... (5, Informative)

Latent IT (121513) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257625)

It's not just the monitor, but the environment the moniter is used in. I'm 23, and if it weren't for corrective lenses, I'd be legally blind. Now, what works best for me is a nice, flat, 21" monitor.

The flatness of the monitor works very well, since it cuts down on glare. And the nice size of the monitor lets you put some distance between you and it. If you run that big bugger in 1280x1024, you'll be doing fine.

Make sure you don't use the monitor in a darkened room often, that'll cause you problems, and if you wear glasses, it has a pretty good chance of giving you a headache. And if you sit near a window, you might want to get an anti-glare screen. Having bright spots, (either the monitor in a dark room, or glare on the screen) can cost you some vision, given enough time.

Re:From my experience... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257764)

LatentIT writes:
I'm 23, and if it weren't for corrective lenses, I'd be legally blind.
Kid, I hate to preach, but you're just gonna have to stop playing with yourself.

Sony FD Trinitron (5, Informative)

PoiBoy (525770) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257630)

I have always found monitors with FD Trinitron CRT's (with the flat surface) to be especially easy to look at for extended periods of time. I have had a 19" Dell P991 monitor for well over two years, and it still looks great.

Do not be tempted to just run your video at low resolution. I would instead suggest running at a higher resolution, and use better fonts at a larger scale to read; this way they won't look so ragged. Also, anti-aliased fonts might be easier to look at as well.

Xmag (2, Interesting)

beta21 (88000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257637)

I thought this was what Xmag and magnifier was for.

old adage... (4, Informative)

tongue (30814) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257639)

Despite whatever nonsense the latest women's rag is spouting off...


go for at least 19" and use 1280x1024 res... 21" would probably be better if you can afford it. I seem to be able to read better off my laptop if the text is antialiased properly (a big "if" on linux, unfortunately--the new kde is awesome for this), but i haven't had the chance to compare to a flat-panel monitor that was worth a shit. I think part of the laptop's appeal (aside from portability) is that the screen is much easier to tilt and has a wider range.

Re:old adage... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257728)

I'd say that the old adage is to take a 5-minute break every two hours to reduce eye strain, blink your eyes often (to minimize dryness/irritation), reduce glare, sit-up straight, etc.

And ever since I have been diagnosed with CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome), I quickly got off a CRT and bought myself a nice LCD screen. My eyes can't thank me enough. ;) Anyway, here [] is a link to a CVS test I found while searching Google.

Re:old adage... (5, Interesting)

thogard (43403) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257799)

Bigger is better to a point.
I find that with a large color monitor (or LCD) and my glasses I get a very anoying spherical aberrations which cause the colors to appear as if they weren't converging on the edges of the screen. I used to deal with this problem with a very large Blit like terminal [] (letter sized, black/green, high res, designed by Pike & crew). Now I have a 1024x768 15" LCD.

I've found the best thing to keep my eyes sharp is long drives in the country where I can focus a long way away or flying around in small planes.

hmm (5, Informative)

AnimeFreak (223792) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257641)

I beleive the ultimate solution is to talk to an optometrist about your situation.

I was visiting one just a few months ago and I saw various information on computers and bad eyesight. They might be able to give you information of what you should look for and maybe they might have something that will help you use your computer.

I wouldn't mind a monitor that would fix my slight colour-blindness. :)

News For Nerds. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257642)

The palestinians are about to plunge the world into World War 3.

I think there are more important things to talk about than this drivel.

Re:News For Nerds. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257649)

Yeah, we could talk about that instead.

Oh wait. That wouldn't do a damn bit of good, would it?

Re:News For Nerds. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257691)

Ok, let's forget about all of our "normal" lives and only live to worry, fight wars, and kill people. Killing people and fighting wars does get old after a while, though, unless you do it "kiss butt" for whatever diety you worship. KILL THE HEATHENS!

another thought (2, Informative)

cuyler (444961) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257650)

I have definately noticed that an LCD screen is much easier on the eyes. Less strain - more relaxing. Not sure if that would have anything to do with bad eyesight but with an LCD screen you can sit closer to it more comfortably and look at it for longer periods of time.

And bigger is always better...except for dot pitch...small is better there.

On another note with respect to bad eyesight...does anyone really use the high-contrast theme that comes with windows (the white on balck theme)?

Re:another thought (3, Funny)

Latent IT (121513) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257660)

Oooh, oooh! I do!

Actually, on one computer at work, I use the high contrast white scheme. Because the poor 2000 server happens to have a B&W monitor. ;p

High Contrast (2, Interesting)

Firehawke (50498) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257819)

I don't use the Windows version, but I have a custom one that's easier on my eyes. (for me, white flickers like crazy on monitors, even at good refresh rates.) I generally use white on black or grey on black, with darker blue for gui elements.

It really has made using Windows a lot easier on my eyes over the past 6-7 years.

Photons are just photons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257658)

Every screen display device does the same: emit photons at (x,y)-coordinates on the screen. The only way to change *something* is to use a projector and a big screen. The angular resolution from your seat will be roughly same (same number of pixels/degree), but the photons are coming from farther away so your eyes' focus will be different.

IANAO (I am not an optometrist) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257667)

but we all know what causes failing eyesight.

Stop whacking it, tux bj.

Digital Ink (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257671)

My eye sight became worse rapidly due to LCD screens. Passive matrix LCD was much worse to your eyes than TFT( active matrix ) LCD.
However, LCD has a light bulb behind it, and CRT monitor is also something like an light bulb.
Thus, you are basically looking at light bulbs when you use your monitors. As a result, your eye sight gets worse.
I used computers more than 15 hours/day.
So, I also hope new display technology which is not so bad for eyes.

I think this ( nk.html ) would help the situation.
You can read texts with same size on paper as those on CRT/LCD screens, can't you?
So, the digital ink would be helpful. Because it doesn't have any light bulb thing in it.

I hope that device could be introduced next year with inexpensive price tag. :)

Be positive! (5, Funny)

MulluskO (305219) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257674)

Don't think of it as bad vision, think of it as bio-hardware-accelerated antialiasing.

So spend that money that you would have spent on a GeForce 4 and buy a large, flatscreen monitor.

Re:Be positive! (1)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257748)

Of course, it could be difficult to buy a GeForce4 [] .

Re:Be positive! (2)

drix (4602) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257791)

"Dissecting humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested, and the frog dies."
-- E.B. White

English response (2, Funny)

ksb (517539) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257676)

Go for the special foriegn language monitor for english tourists... it will help buy just SHOUTING what you want SLOWLY and CAREFULLY in the hope you finally UNDERSTAND ;)

Envision (1)

kermit1221 (75994) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257684)

I don't recommend monitors by Envision. I bought a 17" one and keep getting eyestrain feeling headaches from it. My old 14" Sony Trinitron never did that to me (finally had to retire it when the red died...). I've also never had any problems with my wife's 15" Acer (54e, the only one I know the model number of).

Re: sorry - but I just couldn't resist (1, Offtopic)

56ker (566853) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257729)

I've also never had any problems with my wife..the only one I know the model number of. :o)

Re:Envision (0)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257862)

I really hate CRTs now that I have a modest sized LCD. It is much easier on the eye, and although more expensive, you do get a great deal. As for gameplay, I haven't really expierenced any problems with the screen not getting updated enough, as many have said was a problem due to the LCD's natural slow-response nature. I have had the red die out out of 2 monitors now. I had to take apart one (don't do this without proper insulation and possibly gloves, these things, even while off, can give off a nasty shock) and fiddle with the electron gun in order to reactivate the red. On the other one, it turned out to have a bent pin in the connector, which prevented it from going into the socket where it's supposed to go.

I have it too. (5, Informative)

certsoft (442059) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257686)

I was diagnosed with keratoconus in my early 20's as well. I'm now 45 and still programming. I use 17 inch screens at 1024x768 and I normally do use a larger font to make it more readable.

I first tried hard contacts (to try to flatten the cornea) but just couldn't handle them, so I've stuck to glasses. I'm going to get a new perscription after I move (next month), after 4 years I definately need them. In my case at least having a lot of light helps.

Re:I have it too. (2, Informative)

schwatoo (521485) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257925)

Me too... My specialist told me that the rigid contacts dont actually flatten the cornea as such (which is what I thought too) but rather combine with the cornea and the tear fluid inbetween to act as a sort of super-cornea

Luckily I dont contact lenses at all yet (the cone caused by the KC is below the center of my cornea and so doesn't affect my vision yet).

Keep monitor farther away (5, Interesting)

sunhou (238795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257689)

I find that my eyes are less fatigued if I can be farther away from the monitor. That's hard to do in most office situations, and in my small apartment. Ideally I'd like to have a table behind my main desk, to hold the monitor, about 4 feet away from me (and just use a slightly bigger font so I can still read everything).

One thing I did was to get a short-depth monitor. I have a Viewsonic PS790, it's a 19" monitor but the front-to-back size is about that of a 15" monitor, so I can push it farther back on the table. Unfortunately they're not making them any more. Anyone know of a similar monitor still being made? (Eventually I'll go with an LCD, which I'll be able to push way back.)

you _might_ find some info/links off surgicaleyes (2, Informative)

muddy_mudskipper (186492) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257690)

due to my foolishness, i'm in a simlar situation (but mine is man-made - i underwent a controversial eye surgery in the late 1980's and messed up my vision pretty bad)
i have found the website to be a good (although somewhat scary) source of info for all sorts of visually-impaired folks - ranging from surgically-induced blindness to keratoconus to corneal transplants.
check out the site - and the bulletin board - and dig around for some links on keratoconus sites and PK (corneal transplant) information.
there is a consensus that keratoconus can be put-off with a good pair of Rigid Gas-Permeable Contacts for quite some time.
also keep in mind you will bump into information about up-and-coming treatments for keratoconus - things like Keraform (an enzyme being developed to re-shape the myopic cornea) and other strange stuff.
anyhow, check it out (and dig around on their message board for strings like 'keratoconus' as well)
good luck!
(and by the way, i'm using RGP contacts to help read a 21" monitor set to about 1280x1024 - so don't rule out the well-fitted contact lens solution!)

increasing the font (2, Interesting)

oliphaunt (124016) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257693)

I use excel and word at work (don't come after me with the anti-m$ stick, i just downloaded OpenOffice and I'm switching over) and when I've been staring at the screen all day, I end up viewing documents at 150%, then 200% as my eyes get increasingly tired. Sure, it's kind of a pain to judge the format of a page when you can only see 1/8th of it at a time, but it's much easier on the eyes.

This page [] provides a demo of a font designed to be easy to read on TFT screens. I haven't used it extensively, but the demo seems to be a pretty clear improvement over arial 12-point.

Steve Gibson's ClearType-like demo (1)

smithmc (451373) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257771)

This page [] provides a demo of a font designed to be easy to read on TFT screens. I haven't used it extensively, but the demo seems to be a pretty clear improvement over arial 12-point.

It's not a font, per se, that Gibson is demonstrating, but an alternate means of performing font antialiasing that takes advantage of the subpixel geometry of LCD displays. It's similar in concept to the "ClearType" rendering available in MS Windows XP (and possibly elsewhere, I don't know).

Kerataconus (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257701)

Six years ago I was diagnosed with Kerataconus, when I was 21. It degenerated rapidly in one eye and I was required to get a cornea transplant - the symptoms in the other eye seemed to slow their degradation.

Anyway, since the transplant I have had to make adjustments to my computer using environment in order to keep my eyes sane - the single biggest improvement is using really, really big fonts that are anti-aliased. For some reason, I've also found that varying the hue of things (dark green text against beige backgrounds, etc) seems to make things easier to read. Also, though I'm sure this won't be an entirely popular suggestion, ever since I switched to Mac OSX from Linux, my eyes have improved dramatically. I have attributed it to the entirely antialiased environment, but it could easily be coincidence.

Good luck.

PS. The good news is that cornea transplants are among the most successful of transplant operations, with an average success rate of 92%. (should you need one).

Re:Kerataconus (2)

ZxCv (6138) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257901)

I'll second this. My eyesight has never been really bad, but because I sit in front of a computer for 12 or so hours a day, I used to get up 2 or 3 times during the day simply because my eyes needed a rest. In the 6 months or so since I've used OS X as my primary OS, I notice I have to give my eyes a rest a lot less. Things are tons easier to read (most of the time), so I typically sit farther from the monitor. That, I imagine, is what is making it easier to sit in front of the monitor.

Re:Kerataconus (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257941)

Sometimes even if the graft is successful (ie not rejected), there may be other problems arising from the operation.

In my case the pupil of the eye dilated, and didnt go back yo normal, so it lets in way too much light. Also the new cornea eye combination was longsighted, and I couldnt read (except realy large print) with that eye, so I didnt get the other eye corrected.

Of course that was over 20 years ago, things may have improved.

suicide when it gets worse (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257717)

Oregon has an assisted suicide law which will help provide an out for you when your life becomes not worth living anymore. It is better to plan for these things while you can than to wait too long. If you don't plan ahead, you may find yourself warehoused in a state run institution for cripples. Unless your idea of a good life is making brooms with your eyes closed, it is important to get your estate plans in order asap.

or you could (1)

oliphaunt (124016) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257720)

just print everything out and use one of these []

Brightness adjustment is important, too! (5, Informative)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257727)

It's sort of a pet-peeve of mine, but it also relates to monitor clarity.

I can't stand when people crank the brightness control up all the way on their monitors, thinking "brighter is better".

To get the maximum clarity and contrast possible with a given monitor, I recommend turning up the contrast control to around 100%. (Some monitors will draw small fonts a bit too thick or blocky like this. If so, back it off to 95% or even 90%, but probably not any lower than that.)

Then, when you have an image on your screen, you want to turn down the brightness control just far enough so the border around the image appears to be black/not lit up at all.

This combination should be much easier on the eyes. (Especially important when you're at the command line on a full screen text mode, where there's lots of black background.)

Look for hardware magnifiers (2, Interesting)

Inode Jones (1598) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257734)

I'm not sure what visual defects are associated with keratoconus, but if you need magnification, look into hardware devices that do this.

Back in 1990-91, I had a co-worker who had no central vision whatsoever. He had a special setup: a special card that magnified the image on his monitor. The output of a CGA card (remember this is 1990) went into the magnifier card, and the output of the magnifier card went to the monitor. The system included a document camera, which could display a magnified image of whatever document was placed under it, on the monitor.

He used two mice on the computer - one for the normal use of a mouse, and another mouse to control the magnification and panning of the hardware card. (Configuring the IRQs for the two mice, serial port, parallel printer, and two video cards was a bitch. Even more so to get Windows 3.0 to run in CGA!)

Today, of course, this system would need to be modernized - a minimum of 1024x768 is required for business, and any magnifier card would need to cope with the increased video bandwidth.

I can't remember what the system was called. Being over 10 years old, it's likely no longer in production in a usable form anyway. However, similar systems may exist. I would do a web search for speciality computer equipment for the visually impaired.

Corrective lenses make things worse (3, Troll)

sunhou (238795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257736)

I started becoming nearsighted about 11 years ago when I started working at a computer company. It was worse after spending a lot of time in front of the computer. I was going to get glasses to correct it, but someone suggested I see a particular doctor, I think he called her a "behavioral optometrist".

Often when you get corrective lenses, they compensate for the near-sightedness (or whatever problem you are having) by making things appear closer. But that usually makes the problem worse. Most people I know with glasses say they got more and more nearsighted over time.

Anyway, the doc I saw gave me the opposite prescription -- lenses that made everything appear farther away (basically, reading glasses). I only wore them while reading or using a computer, or looking at stuff up close, but not at other times. My nearsightedness gradually got better, and eventually cleared up. My next eye test came up 20/20. Now, all these years later, my vision is still perfect. But if I ever forget to wear my reading glasses and use a computer or read a book for a couple of hours, my eyes get fatigued and I become nearsighted for a few hours or so. (And as I mentioned in my other reply, keeping the computer monitor farther away from my eyes also helps).

So a therapeutic approach may be better than a corrective approach, at least in some situations. (Probably not with the condition the submitter has, although I know nothing about that particular condition.)

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (3, Funny)

sunhou (238795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257773)

Oh yeah, I forgot the ironic punchline of my little story -- I wear glasses so that I won't have to wear glasses.

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257826)

I have this particular condition and I can tell you that contact lenses are one of the best options for slowing the deterioration of eye sight. The only other widely accepted (and available) treatment is a corneal transplant.

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (2)

WildBeast (189336) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257880)

aha I always suspected that my lenses where actually making things worst. And now you come and confirm my suspicions. Darn optometrists, anything for a buck.

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (2, Informative)

schwatoo (521485) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257900)

I've got the same condition the article submitter has. With KC the treatments are either rigid contact lenses or cornea replacement surgery. Obviously the former is preferable to the later. (I actually got lucky and dont need any treatment yet). Glasses wont do a thing and you'll end up changing your prescription every other month.

Lots of good information (including a great forum) at [] but of course take everything you read online with a pinch of salt

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (5, Insightful)

sudog (101964) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257928)

what the heck are you talking about? You have a cure for nearsightedness? That's odd. Why doesn't the rest of the world know about it?

Look, whoever asked this question--Slashdot is the LAST place where you should be getting medical advice, especially about something as critical as your eyesight. There is no fact here, no medical truths--a high moderation does NOT mean that that advice is better than any of the other crap on here.

Here's some advice you can really use: Get a second opinion and see as many eye specialists as you can. They're the bloody experts--not Slashdot's armchair doctor population who have little to no medical training and pure anecdotal "evidence" to prove that their methods work!

Run, don't walk, away from these comments if you value your eyesight at *all* and are having problems.

Shame, Slashdot--suggestions in here may do damage to your weaker-minded readership. Please don't run stories like this.

Re:Corrective lenses make things worse (2)

Witchblade (9771) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257944)

I do have the same condition. I was diagnosed when I was thirteen. I wore glasses for about two years, then moved to soft contacts for a few years. Originally it only showed in one eye, but then both lenses became noticably affected. So i was switched to a combo soft contact with a rigid center type of lens. I was still assured that I would eventually need a transplant or accept being blind.

When I got to college I was lucky that the university optometry program had specialists studying this disorder. They wanted to switch me to just a regular gas permeable lens. My God, what a difference! Without the contact lenses I have to hold a newspaper centimeters from my nose to read it, but wearing contact lenses I have almost perfect vision. And as an astronomer I'm damn careful with my eyesight. It's not exactly 20/20, but it's better than most people who only need reading specs.

In short my advice is to talk with your optometrist and strongly consider getting regular, run-of-the-mill hard contact lenses and spring maybe $100-$200 before you invest in specialized technology for people with less easily corrected conditions

Browser (2)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257742)

I don't have a monitor recommendation for you, but I do have a browser one.

In Opera, all versions I have used, you can just hit + or - to make the whole web page larger or smaller. As soon as I load pricewatch I always hit plus three times, to bump it up to 130%. Where do they get off using tiny fonts anyway?

This works on all web pages, it's insanely great. It will even enlarge flash animations, images, everything. Well, almost everything, scroll bars stay the same size, but buttons, checkboxes, and radio buttons all get bigger. It doesn't mess up the presentation most of the time. Text just flows to fit the screen correctly, so no sidescrolling necessary (except on text/plain pages)

Browser settings (1)

Lalakis (308990) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257927)

The feauture you describe is in every browser I have seen. A more clean solution to the problem (and recommended anyway) is that you select a nice/big default font for your browser and tell it to NOT allow documents to use other fonts.

Go with the CRT (2)

BWJones (18351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257744)

I would find the biggest flattest screen CRT display you can get from Sony (or whoever) and run it at around 1024X768 or so. This will give you a much better image than going with a big LCD that will have a native resolution much higher. The problem with the CRT of course is flicker etc..., but running it at the lower resolution should help. Also, make sure that you design the desktop for minimal eye strain with large icons and text. As far as which OS to use, OSX is the nicest desktop on the eyes I have seen with beautiful anti-aliasing for the text and adjustable icon sizes etc..., so you might want to look at it. My experience with desktop themes for Linux has not been good as far as recommending them to our patients who are loosing their sight, but Windows does have some accessibility features that might ease the squinting some. The Windows solutions are a bit clunky, but if you use Windows, make sure you take full advantage of the ones provided early in the corneal thinning. More profound progression might neccesitate the use of specialized software.

Also, as everyone should do, pay very close attention to your work environment and ergonomic setup.

Re:Go with the CRT (2)

Loligo (12021) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257935)

>This will give you a much better image than
>going with a big LCD that will have a native
>resolution much higher.

So what?

Run at the higher resolution. Most GUIs have a way to control the size of things.

Yes, it IS possible to run your screen at 1280x1024 and still have icons and text that are as big as an 800x600 screen. The difference is that your text will be MUCH sharper, especially with antialiasing.

I demonstrated this on my dad's system - he was running at 800x600 despite having a very nice 19" monitor and 32 meg video card (his eyes aren't what they used to be). I kicked the resolution up to 1280x1024 and bumped the sizes all of his objects and desktop text items up a few notches.

End result: Same usability as far as spotting the icon he wants and reading the text on things, but it's a much sharper screen now. The only time he needs to kick the resolution back down is sometimes looking at web pages with small images. In this particular case I set up a theme that he can switch to - goes back to 800x600 and the sizes go back to default. Everything looks the right size, the pictures are "bigger", but the text is a little blockier.


I second the 21" suggestion (2)

Com2Kid (142006) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257752)

My grandmother (who has Cataracts amongst other eye problems) is able to view things on her 21" monitor just fine.

So go for a 21 incher, pretty much any one will do as long as it has a good .pitch and the focus is good. Go Trinitron for that matter.

Baring that, I am sure that these [] people may be able to help you. :)

A good on screen text dictator is a plus, I have known of people who were almost compleatly blind and managed to use a computer just fine with a good text dictator. I find the damn things highly annoying myself (being a speed reader I would keel over if I lost my ability to read efficently. :( :( :( ) but many people swear by them.

*COUGH* *COUGH* Windows (any version) tends to have excellent text dictation support, as it does other features for the visualy impaired. (built in magnifing utility and such).

Also, learn how to type with your eyes clsoed, it can save a lot of wear and tear on them. :) (useful advice in general. :) )

Use a good video card, I recommend a Matrrox [] card of any sort. They Rock. Period. :)

Monitors and vision (2)

Renraku (518261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257753)

I've used different monitors since I was like 7 on computers (am now 19). My eyesight is still pretty good, I'd say its still 20/20 (haven't had it checked in a few months). Last time I got it checked, they said I was like 8/20 or something, but that was after heavy computer use (a few hours MUDding). However, the next day I had it tested again at the same place, and they said it was 20/20 now. The only eye problems I really have is a lazy eye (left) after reading a lot and being tired, and my eyes burn if its early in the morning and people are smoking heavily.

Re:Monitors and vision (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257883)

8/20 isn't a valid measurement.

20/8 would mean you had eyes like a hawk, literally.

somewhat related (1)

CmdrTaco (editor) (564483) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257754)

One of my friends was trying to use my computer the other day, and he kept complaining that the flickering of the monitor made his head hurt. I couldn't tell what he was talking about, so I switched from between 60, 75, and 85 Hz. The higher refresh rates still bothered him a little, but not nearly as much as 60 Hz.

Then I pulled out my notebook with a 13.3 " TFT display, and he said it didn't bother him at all. So I think LCD displays are easier on the eyes that CRT, even if they are less accurate.

I have KC too (2, Informative)

Bladerunner2037 (516233) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257755)

I'm using a ViewSonic flat screen,17" viewable and I'm able to see okay to do work. Of course for details in graphics, I occasionally have to get REAL close to the screen, but it seems to be working for me so far. My vision is 20/400 uncorrected in the eye that is affected. I do take A LOT of breaks, as teh brightness gets to me after a while. Opera's magnification features are a godsend. Other apps, I have set to use larger fonts, and the fairly generous screen realestate is helpful..I'll probalby shop for a larger monitor in the not too distant future...but the 17" viewable is doing me good for now.

Blind Fucking Retard (-1)

sucko (257144) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257761)

How the fuck is anyone but you supposed to know what you think looks best?

Here's an idea.. go to a store and look at the fucking monitors. Pick out the one that looks best to you and buy it.

Jesus Christ. How do these stories get selected? Random Chance?

Just as a general 19" CRT suggestion: (2)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257766)

The LG Electronics Flatron 915ft (plus) is a the monitor I've recently chosen to purchase. For around $315 after shipping, it allows 1600x1200@85hz (my major consideration), it's truly flat, compares well against the other top-rated 19" monitors in terms of color, and those that have had problems with the monitor, it has had the best record in terms of returns.

A set of Epinions reviews. []

It uses a different mask type than any other monitors, from what I've heard, called a "slit mask" - and it does look good. The only real notable feature other than looking good and being really flat is that it avoids the "2 horizontal wires" of the trinitron type monitors.

One final note about the warranty - it's a three year warranty - however, not all the years of it's terms are equal. The two months, you get the traditional swap&replace returns for a new monitor. For the rest of the first year, you get a refurbished monitor back. For the two years after that, you have to mail the monitor to the service company, then wait for the repaired monitor. After that, you've pretty much got to get a new monitor. So, although they have had a good reputation as far as customer service goes so far, know what to expect.

I like it so far, and find it a very good replacement for my last 19" monitor, and worth the extra cash over a 17" or a lower quality 19".


Ryan Fenton

How I fixed my problem... (4, Informative)

kikta (200092) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257767)

I'm only 24, but looking at a monitor for too long makes my eyes burn. It's gotten worse and worse in the last few years. Finally, I traded in my 17" Sony Trintron 17sfII for a 19" ViewSonic ViewPanel VG191. It's is so much better. The strain on my eyes is considerably less. Whether it's daylight or under the crappy flouresent lights in my dorm room, I can see it better. I don't know if it the fact it's an LCD or what but I can work for a lot longer and my eyes no longer ache afterwards, even running at 1280x1024, which hasn't made things any larger. The problem is that it costs about $1000, but I must say - it was worth every penny.

P.S. I also upgraded my video card to a GeForce3 Ti 500 with a digital output. The picture isn't drastically different, but I can honestly say it is easier on the eyes than analog (I think it has to do with the way the colors are presented).

Re:How I fixed my problem... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257780)

Hey Jason-
You're 24 and living in dorm room?
Good Lord, you must get a lot of action!

Ask Slashdot (-1)

sucko (257144) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257769)

What tastes better, 2% or whole milk?

Simple (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257776)

Buy a Mac (running OSX)....the anti-aliased fonts are great. I only have a 12,5" iBook and I have much less trouble reading it than any of my x86 workstations (2 with TFT at 15", 2 with CRT at 15" and 2 with 15" TFT and one with 10" TFT...all Running W2K, Linux or OpenBSD).

Contact your local Lions Club (5, Informative)

Diamon (13013) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257787)

Contact your local Lions Club [] odds are you'll find people there who have went through what you are going through and know what worked for them. Also their experiences may be of use in other non-technical topics also (such as optometists, business opportunities you might qualify for as visually impaired, etc)

You probably much better off asking there than on /. Different vision problems need different solutions, size isn't everything sometimes contrast means more.

for some problems, bigger is not always better (1)

Spiral Man (33998) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257792)

my mother has RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa). which is a desease in which the cells in her retina are dying (essentially), and for her, bigger is not always better. the problem is, her field of vision is considerably smaller than normal, so after a certain size screen, she cant see it all at once, and the size doesnt matter anymore. its also harder for her to see in low light situations, so a higher contrast color scheme works better. also, sans-serif fonts are easier to read than serif fonts, and a large, high-contrast cursor is better. she has also found that bold fonts are easier to read.

just my 2c

Retinal Degeneration Vs. Focusing problems (2)

Kirkoff (143587) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257912)

I've got RP too, as does my brother and my mother. I've seen some of the leading researchers in the world (I was lucky to live where I did for a while...). Indeed, High Contrast is important for RP. Being careful in low-light/dark situations is important too. I'm able to just say to someone "I need you to lead me, it's too dark in here." That can be a good thing if you're with a girl... At the moment, my vision is good enough that I have not restrictions on my driver's license. (And just to answer the question, No, there isn't a viable surgery for RP)

I'm also very farsited and slightly astigmatic, unrelated to the RP. The set of things to deal with light-focus problems in the eye are different than the ones for RP. For problems focusing, bigger is most often better. It's also an area where high-contrast is very helpful. Myself, I find serrifed fonts easier to read, but it's something you can check out. Dispite what people say, if there is a physical defect in your cornea, not using your glasses WILL NOT MAKE YOUR EYES STRONGER. I know people who's eyes have gotten somewhat worse from extended comptuer usage. Mine have gotten slightly better over time and I spend an inordinant amount of time at the geekbox. If it's a defect, it's a defect and must be worked with. The Topic poster sounds like he is very interested in doing the right thing this way. I've had pretty darned bad eyes since I was 3, probably earlier. If you tell people your restrictions, and work on finding what helps you see (high contrast? Serifed fonts? closer/farther?) then your life won't be too dificult to deal with.

Just a word of warning, you'll get the occasional jerk who won't believe you have an eye condition that's as bad as it is, or doesn't care. It can be dificult to stay calm with these goons. Just remember, they're an idiot.

Good Luck


From one blind guy to another (2)

Platinum Dragon (34829) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257797)

I'm legally blind without thick glasses. I may be legally blind *with* glasses. I'll never drive, because I'll fail the eye test. So, I kinda know where you're now coming from:)

Large monitors are good. I find that magnifiers don't feel 'natural' to look through, and software magnification that makes you scroll the screen around your work area is an added headache you don't need. Size, size, size.

I currently have a 20" (18" viewable) ViewSonic from about 9 years ago, and I'm getting an 18" (17" viewable) ViewSonic LCD this coming week. Flicker and too much brightness can do a real job on your eyes; blurriness will increase, your head will ache somewhat, the usual you can expect from overtaxing your eyes.

Crank the font size in your web browser, and get used to the overall look and placement of icons and menu items. You don't have to see everything perfectly if you know where things should be placed in relation to others.

Even with all the tricks, you'll never be completely comfortable with your monitor and desktop setup. Get used to looking closer a lot at times, and be sure to take breaks when you need it. Shut your eyes for a while.

This is all general stuff, but I hope it helps.

Monitor Options (1)

Tibe (444675) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257801)

I have been looking at flat glass CRT's for ages and I got one about six months ago. There great! After seeing a Sony Triniton 17" Flat CRT I decided I had to have one. After seeing the price I decided I didn't. However Philips who are just as good as Sony have made an equivilent I have had both a Sony and Philips, Flat CRT 17" (16" v.i.s) sitting next to each other, there is no differece between them other than the price tag. Everyone has complimented the screen even my Mom who always has problems looking at screens could easly read the fonts. Also the ClearType to round font edges in Windows XP really helps. I have a lazy eye and find it hard to focus on books some times. But have no problems with this combo. And I had some extra money for my graphics card.

Some experience (2, Insightful)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257808)

Having worked with various people over the years with different degrees of eyesight impairments, I have seen these trends in monitors:

1. For CRT displays, bigger is better. If something is bigger, it is easier to see. There are many packages out there that allow you to enlarge a portion of the screen (and some of this basic functionality is built into windows,) but in general, bigger is always better.

2. When it comes to software aides that 'enhance' the screen image or read things out through speech synthesizer, there is a lot of software available for windows, but I don't know if there is as much for Linux (because I have never before needed to check.)

3. For some people who have problems with reflections 'within' the eye (i.e. something in your peripheral vision appears to be in front of you) laptop TFT displays tend to be easier to see than CRT displays. I do not know why this is true, but it is true in my experience.

I Fight With This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257820)

I'm just barely legal to drive, with glasses. I've got some retinopathy and cataracts from the retina operations. I use a 21-inch with Windows set to large fonts (not the accessibility option, just large fonts in control panel ... display ... settings), 800 x 600, and the screen about a foot from my face. That the rest of the world is going to higher and higher resolutions and using software that universally gives smaller text with higher resolutions is agonizing to me.

The real butt pains come from the 10% or so of software and websites that don't like this. Some require or just about require higher resolution, others assume standard (small) fonts. Like the sites where the 'submit' button shows up off the bottom of the screen with no way to get it back on. At least with Windows, you can Alt-spacebar to move the Window around, usually.

Another problem is trying to work cooperatively with someone else, where we both have to look at the same screen. This is not easy, particularly if I'm in a cube that doesn't seat two and I have to find some way to work on someone else's machine with them.

Another difficulty is figuring out how to apply for a job. Am I disabled, requiring 'reasonable accomodation'? How can I be disabled if I'm legal to drive? Will this make me more or less likely to get hired? What happens if I don't check this and I get a job and find out that the employer requires a standard config of a 15-inch screen at 1024x768 or worse?

Size is everything. I bought my 21" monitor for about $600 at Fry's about 3 years ago. So it's not a big-name brand type. But it works just fine.

Little Experience (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257824)

Wife and brother-in-law have RP [] . To echo another poster, bigger is better. She has a 17" monitor, and runs in DOS or Linux bash-prompt as much as possible. BIL has a 19" monitor.

If you can get the taxpayers to pay for it, get one of those ginormous LCD screens. Make sure it goes bright enough.

Really, owing to the individualized nature of many disabilities, your best bet is to be prepared to do lots of shopping. And if the condition is dynamic, be prepared to replace parts frequently as conditions change.

Also, I'd look into emacspeak [] . I would have done this for my wife, but her hearing is bad also. (BTW, that isn't the easiest page to read. Default font size too small:)

lucky (2)

LiquidPC (306414) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257837)

Consider yourself blessed, you can now just sue companies that dont hire you and blame them for discriminating against you for having bad eyesight, then get a 5 million dollar settlement check from microsoft. Crazier things have happened in matters like that. Everyone is a victim nowadays, evidently.

LCD (1)

brandonsr (550431) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257843)

I'm probably the most near sited person on slashdot so I can honestly say it's great to get an LCD screen. Before I had a 21" viewsonic, and people can say I'm crazy all they want but I'd trade it in any day on my 15" LCD screen. I think it's really a case of quality over quantity, the LCD screen I have is very sharp, which makes it incredibly easy to see.

But that's just my opinion. There's not going to be one univeral solution for everyone.

don't skimp (2)

Gumber (17306) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257845)

For one thing, try and buy your monitor locally, so you can easily examine the merchandise for yourself.

I find a 19" is good at 1152x768. 1280x1024 is generally too much for me at that screen size.

A CRT will generally give you the biggest screen size for the price. But a nice LCD will be very crisp, and the crispness won't deteriorate over time. If you get an LCD, shoot for a monitor and video card combiniation that will will allow you to use a digital connection.

If you go for a CRT get one that will support high refresh-rates. Some cards are sharper than others too, as I recall, this is a ZDnet review criteria.

Lighting, of course, is important. Arrange things to avoid catching glare of the monitor.

Finally, get a monitor with workable controls. It doesn't matter how many settings the damn thing has if you can't configure it to get a good picture. And look for uniform picture quality across the display.

Hi BUDDY (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257848)

Hey, dont kill yourself thinking you'd loose your eye sight... your only studying MIS.. for heavens sake!!

Me too! (Always get a 2nd opinion). (1)

schwatoo (521485) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257865)

I was diagnosed with KC less than a month ago by my optician. He told me that I'd need to get fitted with rigid gas-permeable contact lenses.

Anyway I decided to get a second opinion and managed to see an opthomoligist later that week - apparently not everyone with KC needs treatment. The 'bulge' in my cornea is currently below my field of vision and that I don't need any contact lenses or anything

Things might change (and I can't rub my eyes in fear of affecting things) so I need to get my eyes checked up on even more regularly in case my situation changes.

Guess i got lucky. Anyways - if you haven't already - get a second opinion - you might be lucky too

I know this problem first-hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257868)

I had a poor CRT display for my Windows box, and my friend came over and looked at it. He said, "Dude, you need to get a sharper monitor." I, on the other hand, couldn't notice that it was blurry. Then, one day, I used the Windows computer for about 4 hours straight. When I was done, I looked at a coin on its edge. To my surprise, I saw two coin edges! One of them was real, the other I could put my finger right through! That's when I realized that I needed a clearer, sharper monitor and bought my nice LCD screen.

Just my dime/5.

A possibly useful tidbit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257887)

I use these when at the computer: [] (Uvex has *lots* of other styles of frames - some with interchangable lenses like the Astrospec3000's - and you can see them at: [] )

But I get the "SCT blue" lenses: [] And here's the details of the blue specs: []

I'm sure it probably sounds silly to a lot of you, but they really have been working very VERY nicely. No more migranes at the computer.

No I don't work for them, I'm just a customer who's been *very* satisfied with them over the years.

Things to try (2, Informative)

hickmott (122356) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257911)

There are three basic things to try:

Figure out just how far you sit from the monitor. Ask your ophthamologist to write you a prescription for glasses optimized for that distance. Explain exactly what you're using them for; he may have a better idea of what to use.

If you're having problems with chromatic aberation, which shows up as red, green, and blue colored bands around letters, get a monochrome monitor. It isn't enough to set your software to display in black and white; this has to be done in hardware.

Get a big monitor. You may want to run it at a lower resolution than it's rated for. This is especially true if you have a hard time seeing thin lines. Many programs will insist on using one-pixel thick lines; it helps if the pixels themselves are larger.

Good luck!

--Andy Hickmott

I have... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257913)

...both my eyes fell out...

...and I now save $150.00 every 3 years from not buying a monitor...

...I spent $1,000.00 for a good braile tablet....

and my ascii porn looks better than ever! least I still have feeling in my crotch, unlike Lary Flint over there on his yonder hot wheels.

poop is tasty (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3257934)

i like poop

monitors (1)

Scholasticus (567646) | more than 12 years ago | (#3257938)

I recently bought a 17" LCD monitor, and have found that for most uses it's far superior to a CRT (the exceptions are gaming and video). LCDs have improved greatly in the last few years (and are much less expensive). I would recommend an LCD for anyone who sits in front of a monitor for long periods, and even moreso for anyone with vision problems. I myself suffer from eyestrain and headaches very easily, and have had a much better time with the LCD. One caveat: though the prices have come down, LCDs are still quite a bit more expensive than CRTs.
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