Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I got a new computer a month ago and also a great big LED screen.  The screen is wonderful, except that I was getting a neck ache because I was lifting up my head so I could read the screen through the lower part of my bifocal glasses.  I knew that the next time I went to the eye doctor, I would have to talk to him about what to do.

But then I got an idea.  What if I got a cheap pair of plastic frames and had the whole lens be the prescription for the reading part of my bifocals?  I went to the store.  And yes, though she was not happy about not having a prescription from the doctor specifically for that.  I practically had to swear in blood that I would not complain if they did not work.

Three days later, I had my glasses.  I can read the computer beautifully with no neck strain.

I can also thread heddles much more easily.  That was a surprise.  That means that sleying the reed will be easier with these glasses as well.

But the biggest surprise was how well I could see all around.  Things are a tiny bit wonky when I look into the distance but still quite clear; so just to get up to go the bathroom or to get something, no need to change glasses.  I am shocked because I am so very near-sighted.  Or at least, I thought I was.  Without glasses, I am hard put to even find the chart in the eye doctor’s office with out my glasses on, let alone try to read any of the letters.
I have been told that I have extremely bad astigmatism.  I wonder if, in reality, I am not particularly near-sighted, just stuck with astigmatism!  I will have to ask.

New Glasses for Computer, I Mean, for Weaving” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on September 3, 2010. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Leigh said...

I can definitely relate to this Peg. Bifocals are such a nuisance! Fortunately, my new prescription is infinitely better so I can read the screen without neck ache. Your solution is pretty clever. So glad it works for you.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank, Leigh. I suspect you aren't the only one!

Shani said...

now I feel an awful lot better... I have had a standup row in our opticians three months ago because I could not see out of my "new" prescribed glasses, and was told it was me. After months of terrible headaches I have gone back to a pair that I sort of "prescribed" myself by coercing the local "maker" of glasses (the technical name escapes me) and promising not to sue if it all went pear shaped.

well done and hope you are enjoying the new computer/loom

Peg in South Carolina said...

Shani, glad my little story helped you feel better! Yes, I am enjoying both the loom and the new computer

Anonymous said...

Peg, I have been using reading glasses for years for the same reason you are. I found that bifocals for what we do, and that also includes knitting while reading charts, does not work. DH's neck always hurts and it is probably from tilting head so the bifocals work. Thanks for sharing this. -Catherine

Peg in South Carolina said...

Catherine, you are very welcome