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Will Technology Make Us Go Blind?

Updated on March 26, 2012
Coming soon - iGlasses 1.0?
Coming soon - iGlasses 1.0?

We probably will need glasses sooner

I have to wonder if today’s influx of visual products like the laptop/notebook, smartphone, tablet, gaming consoles and other miniaturized viewing screens are not inventions involved in some sort of unscrupulous plan by the field of optometry designed to increase their long term business. Being older and having the need to wear glasses most of my life, I can’t see how trying to read mice print and miniaturized television or videos can be good for one’s eyesight in the long run. Granted the resolution is quite remarkable and always improving but it is still small and hard on the eyes, in my opinion. The introduction of the tablet to the world by Mr. Jobs involved really large viewing screens so everyone could get a better idea of what was in this miniature wonder. I wonder what his eye prescription was like?

I have been wearing multi-focal glasses for years now and have recently updated my prescription even though it didn’t change very much in ten years. I still have great difficulty reading packaging instructions or information and am not about to add to my vision problems by spending a lot of time looking at miniaturized viewing screens. Yes I do have a cell phone (which I seldom use) and an iPod Nano (that I use fairly regularly) but I don’t read the screens much and opt for the shuffle mode for mostly music from the sixties and seventies (when music was really music). Occasionally, I do use the iPod as a mobile watch but I set it to the large digital version. I can’t remember the last time I actually used or read an analog watch.

I also own a very good quality laptop but don’t use the keyboard or touchpad which I find too small for my larger fingers. I still prefer the full size keyboard and an optical mouse on a gel padded mouse pad. Even though the screen is a larger one for laptops (I think it is a 17” version), it still seems small for my liking. Since I don’t use the laptop as a portable device very much, I am thinking about getting a 27” LED HD monitor to make it easier on my eyes.

And using all these miniaturized viewing screens and keypad input devices while driving a vehicle is right up there with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s just an accident waiting to happen and, like driving under the influence, it often ends up creating innocent victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

And add to this the confusion of text messaging and something called autocorrect which seems to speak its own language (might be a larger plan from the field of comedy), technology seems to be going in strange directions. It’s not entirely the fault of the technology itself or its well-meaning designers but they are not totally innocent either.

More correctly the technology is not a backward step in itself but it is more about how the users are applying the technology in everyday situations. I just think that it is better to be a good writer, reader, mathematician, speller, grammar expert and overall well-educated individual applying the technology as a ready and willing assistant in performing everyday tasks.

I embrace changes in technology but sometimes I can’t see where some of it is truly beneficial—literally. No you won’t go blind viewing all those miniaturized viewing screens but I’m sure it won’t do your eyes much good if you overuse them. Like anything in life, moderation is always a favourable choice. (I must admit, I do like using the synonym helper when writing in Word. It helps to make the message clearer in the minds of the readers and in my simpler mind as well).

On a side note, the field of optometry along with tattoo removal and computer repair will be viable and profitable careers for the foreseeable future. And autocorrect will still provide the Internet with plenty of humorous situations. Google it and see for yourself if you are looking for a few laughs. Just don’t believe everything you read and see on the Internet (if you can still read it without your glasses).

Here’s yet another side note regarding the idea of iGlasses 1.0. You know it isn’t such a far-fetched idea when you think about it. Imagine getting your prescription mounted in the iGlasses frame which could be set up to handle Bluetooth and be another iPod as well. The younger folks could just get the lenses tinted for UV protection until they find they need vision correction.

Perhaps Apple and Bose could work together to find a better option than those ear-warts that appear as most versions of Bluetooth apparatus which are more like early versions of hearing aids. Maybe they should bring in Siemens who are the largest supplier of hearing aids in the world. GPS and hands free inboard cellphone capability might have to wait for Glasses 2.0 and a smaller USB connector might show up in version 3.0. So there is a possibility that the optometry field will certainly benefit from the influx of miniaturized viewing screens and the techy manufacturers will be right there to take advantage of this new market.

Do you think Best Buy would be the first to have in-store eye examinations and an accompanying eyewear section? We will see what the future brings providing our vision is still good enough to read the instructions in the IGlasses packaging.

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