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Whoa! TMI!

Have your eyes ever received too much information (TMI)?

001231excelMy eyes were in overload today at work. I had a small project to do by updating addresses in our database…certainly not a hard project but after about 30 minutes my eyes could not focus easily. I was working off a hardcopy Excel spreadsheet and the information contained the person’s old address and new address. All I had to do was take out the old address in our database and enter the new address. There were about five pages of addresses and by the time I was half way through the first page my eyes couldn’t focus and follow along the lines to make sure I was using the correct new address. No matter how I positioned the paper I couldn’t do it easily. I tried laying it flat with a piece of dark paper as a guide. This worked but the angle of the paper was flat and not conducive to great posture. I tried tacking the paper on a board that was sitting about 1.5 feet in front of me. This was better for my posture but I couldn’t use the guide. I ended up switching back and forth between the two settings and managed to get the project done…two hours later. Nice headache afterwards!

I don’t recall having this much difficulty maintaining focus on my papers while typing…I blame Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) for this, although I’m not sure how RP affects me in this situation. I do wear glasses but my central vision is correctable to 20/20. Does anyone else with RP have trouble focusing?

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4 Comments

  1. Cricri says:

    I have similar central vision to yours with glasses but I do have problems focussing sometimes. When I am doing projects similar to yours, I have these problems especially. I think part of it is that our brain pieces things together and fills in the space that our eyes can’t see. When we are constantly shifting our eyes from the paper to the computer, it is doing a lot of this work and we’re missing some things. It gets exhausting to both our eyes and brain and I think that’s when we have trouble focussing. That’s just my guess but it’s what I’ve experienced. Have you tried scanning the item in that you have to read off of and then just shifting screens or programs? I do that most of the time now.

  2. Even though I don’t have RP, things that are flat are hard for me to read b/c of the silicone oil in my eye shifting. Oh the eye strain and headache! I use a CCTV digital magnifier at work. It has settings that will add a line under your current reading place, or even block out space horizontally or vertically for spreadsheets.

  3. Jessica N and Makiko says:

    I have similar central vision to yours with glasses but I do have problems focussing sometimes. When I am doing projects similar to yours, I have these problems especially. I think part of it is that our brain pieces things together and fills in the space that our eyes can’t see. When we are constantly shifting our eyes from the paper to the computer, it is doing a lot of this work and we’re missing some things. It gets exhausting to both our eyes and brain and I think that’s when we have trouble focussing. That’s just my guess but it’s what I’ve experienced. :)

    Have you tried scanning the item in that you have to read off of and then just shifting screens or programs? I do that most of the time now.

    • I’m just glad to know it’s not just me.

      Yes, I have done the back and forth on the computer screens. Not really my favorite way to work on a project like this but I guess with vision changes comes adaptability. GGRRR! :-)

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