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