In an effort to understand if some recent headaches were eye-related, I had my first eye test for about 15 years.
It turns out I have great eyes. Despite having a slight astigmatism, the degree of wonkiness is so slight as to make glasses almost pointless. I’m sure I saw my optician (a very nice chap in a very nice place called Eyesight on Winchester High Street) flinch very slightly when I told him about the 12-14 hours a day of screen use, and he reminded me I should take regular breaks. No glasses needed for me though.
Excitingly, I have very good cones; my night vision freakishly good enough to put me in the top 5% of the population. Mr optician was particularly excited about this, as he shares the same quirk. Hurrah for night vision.
So, the recent headaches and migraines? I’m probably a bit tired and stressed. The eye is a muscle, and needs to rest sometimes too. I’m trying to remember to look into the distance, which I can mercifully do quite easily from my window-desk at work.
Incidentally, my prescription is
R -0.25 / + 0.25 (90), L +0.50 / – 0.50 (90)
though please let me know if there’s a more standard way of writing that. If you know your own degree of eye screwiness, I’d be really interested to see your details too. Come on guys and girls, dig out your prescription and share it.