Wish you all had something like my "office". It's on the 2nd floor of our home
with a view out on our front yard, trees, and the street, so I can look away
from my monitors at the squirrels, people, etc. playing and going by. Looking
at distant objects DOES work, 'cause I don't suffer, at 69.
Our District, to save money, has had all us Techies work from home for the last
3 years - a Huge benefit that's, sadly, not available to everyone. They gave me
a brand new MacBook Pro recently and it's my workstation, though I don't really
work on it or I'd be blind by now - teeny little fonts. It's just a platform to
remote desktop to two VMs hosted by AISD - one is Win10 and one is Ubuntu.
I splurged and, at my expense (I'm worth it), got two 32" Samsung curved
monitors at Sam's Club a few months ago and those are my work focal points. You
just must have something bigger than a little ol' laptop screen. The size
allows me to adjust resolution so my old eyes can easily read w/o glasses.
DON'T just SIT! I work at a standing "desk", which is a 2'x4' piece of 3/8"
plywood on top of a couple of cheap 12" shelf units - all from Homeless Depot -
on top of my regular 28" high desk. Got a stool long ago so my working "desk"
can stay put, and I'm either sitting on the stool or standing. SO much better
than just sitting, or moving one of those annoying Varidesks up and down. With
one artificial knee and the other with O.A., I need to keep moving to keep
Think Sustainable. If it's uncomfortable for a short time, it'll be damaging in
the long run. Treat yourself to whatever you need. Also, do walk away from time
to time to just think about your challenges, instead of banging away on trials.
Jack C. Applewhite - Database Administrator
Austin I.S.D. - MIS Department
I cannot help but notice that there is no problem between us that cannot be
solved by your departure. -- Mark Twain
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf
of Jared Still <jkstill@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 09:06
To: mwf@xxxxxxxx <mwf@xxxxxxxx>
Cc: oracle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <oracle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Reducing screen time
That is what I do.
Just had to get in the habit of remembering to swap glasses when I walk out of
On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 06:53 Mark W. Farnham
Band-aid, not cure: A good eye doctor will know there are mid range
prescriptions in addition to near sighted correction and long range focus.
For day long keyboard use get yourself some mid range prescriptions (with
bifocal "flat top" if you also need reading glasses). That is maximum size of
the upper mid range.
Even if you don't need glasses for reading or long focus, if your eyes differ
by just a little bit and are nearly co-dominant, your eye muscles constantly
flex just a bit to bring them into exact match when you are staring at a fixed
If you're under 35 or so, this little tug may be insignificant. As you age your
lens stiffens. When I got to about 50, having never previously needed glasses
at all, my eyes started getting "fuzzy" after about four continuous hours. Then
I was toast for about two hours, not just for the screen, but for any reading
or anything requiring clear focus.
(Taking a break helps, as previously mentioned in the thread.)
A classic case is one eye slightly near sighted and one eye slightly far
sighted which tends to mean you don't get glasses (or need them) until you are
Good luck. If your eye doctor is NOT familiar with mid range focus plane
glasses, get someone new.
Behalf Of Norman Dunbar
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2020 3:38 AM
Subject: Re: Reducing screen time
Good Morning Kunwar,
In the UK we have this set of rules:
Also, I was educated into taking an eye break every 15-20 minutes, where you
look out the window or across the office etc, something to change where your
eyes are focussing.
Get up an walk around every hour or so - go to the loo, make a coffee etc. Good
for the eyes as well!
The crud we hear about "blue light" being *harmful* is "woo". It isn't a big
enough problem to make any difference to your eyes. It *might* have an effect
on your sleeping habits though - not that I have found it makes any difference.
One link is
White LEDs may actually emit more blue light than traditional light sources,
even though the blue light might not be perceived by the user.
This blue light is unlikely to pose a physical hazard to the retina. But it may
stimulate the circadian clock (your internal biological clock) more than
traditional light sources, keeping you awake, disrupting sleep, or having other
effects on your circadian rhythm.
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