March 19th, 2008
Microsoft Spell-Check Tells Me Eyestrain Is One Word
I went to bed last night with a killer headache centered right behind my eyes. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised since I had spent almost every waking hour of the past 4 days staring into my monitor as though it displayed the secret of eternal happiness and life everlasting. (It doesn’t.) The reason I’ve been going overboard is that I’m very excited about the overhaul I’m giving my facetious movie review site. I’ll post more about that in a few weeks (update: the new version of Single Sentence Movie Review is live), but now I want to talk about the research I did this morning on ways to prevent eyestrain.
Sadly I didn’t turn up any new information that I didn’t already know about. I set my monitor refresh rate as high as my system will allow. The process prompted me to update my video card driver, which is good, but I’m still only humming along at a very modest 70 Hertz. I guess it doesn’t really matter since I have an LCD monitor that doesn’t flicker anyway, but it seems like I might have some psychological comfort if I could jack the refresh rate up into the triple-digits.
Since I use Windows XP, I also went through the steps of recalibrating my ClearType settings. I honestly don’t notice any difference.
Those are the only technical configuration steps I found. I suppose the only perfect solution is to take frequent breaks to give my eyes a chance to rest. Many times this weekend, though, I would just get in a groove where hours slipped by without me even noticing.
Anyone else have any suggestions of things I should be doing to avoid eyestrain?