Some eye fatique and pain has been linked to Google Glass use

Some eye fatique and pain has been linked to Google Glass use
With Google Glass now being made available to anyone with $1500 to spend, there are enough issues about pain popping up with the wearable device, that some feel that the connected specs should come with a warning label for users. Most of the issues are occurring to people who are not used to looking upward for long stretches of time.

Google has hired Dr. Eli Peli, a Harvard trained optometrist, to consult with them on issues involving the eyes and the connected specs. When Google placed the lens ahead of, or below the eyes, it obstructed the line of view for Google Glass owners. By situating the lens on the upper right of the eye, it offers Glass users an unobstructed view, but at the cost of experiencing some eye pain.

According to the optometrist, the connected specs are designed for users to take quick glances through the lens to view maps, taking a picture or reading text messages. They are not designed to be used to view a streaming movie from Netflix. But Dr. Peli says that when people buy Google Glass, the first thing they do is continually use the specs and play with the settings. The Dr. admits that this happened to him as he suffered from the same pain that many new users experience. Dr. Peli says that the pain falls short of being a headache. Instead, he describes it as a "discomfort in the eye muscles." Most users find the pain going away after one to two weeks of Glass use.

Google has not published any warnings with the device, something that probably will need to be addressed. Chris Barrett, who at one time was a big fan of the wearable, had to stop using Glass because of the pain he experienced. Part of the problem is that Glass forces you to stare at an area that most people are unaccustomed to looking at.


As for Google's response, the company says that the pain is similar to the discomfort felt when someone uses a new prescription lens for the first time. And Google agrees that the connected specs are designed for what Google calls "micro-interactions," not to  read War and Peace.


source: BetaBeat via AppleInsider

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33 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're wearing it wrong ™.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You're looking at it wrong.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL trolls gonna troll, They hired an expert to help fix the problem, unlike Apple and their high tech rubber bands/hand angling fix.

7. Sauce unregistered

This was a problem ever since Google Glass has been released, yet its still occurring. Solution: Get rid of Gimmick Glass

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Right, lets just give up on it on first try and replace it with high tech smart health wrist band watch, you know...real innovation and game changing technology.

15. Sauce unregistered

Real long first try. You'd think Google would be on try 15 by now.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that's just how long it takes to make a good product that really is future tech. While Apple and all hunt for that next mystery cash cow by patching together useless crap into a wrist watch, at least Google is pushing the limits of innovation with Glass, robots, self driving cars, diabetes detecting contact lens, etc. No other consumer oriented company is even attempting anything close to even one of those much less all of them.

20. Sauce unregistered

You know what is FUNNY!? You bring Apple into every article when your feelings get hurt, out of no where. LOLOLLOLOLOLOL.

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, are you downs or something? Or did you not read the OP comment? Or are you just trying to save face by going full retard (or troll, whatever you want to call it)?

27. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Final, picture this. "Doctor, it hurts when I press there." "Then don't press there."

29. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

11. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

All 113 owners of Glass are very sad at this sarcasm.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That "Trademark symbol looks eye catching " That you can't use accept a guy we all know who uses that symbol

3. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Haha, it will take some time to turn man into cyborg. LOL

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

*fatigue

5. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

anyone ever experienced fatigue looking at a computer screen? or typing on a keyboard?

9. Sauce unregistered

No, because it's not 2 centimeters in front of my eyeballs.

31. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Not me. And I use my laptop at least 10 hours every day.

8. Sauce unregistered

Gimmick Glass

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well if it was by Apple you wouldn't be saying that it's gimmick

16. Sauce unregistered

I love Google just as much as I love Apple bro. I think the Smart Eyewear is a gimmick regardless. Thats my 100% honesty.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Everyone has their own opinions Agree

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yup, might suffer from fatique [sic] even the writer.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When I saw the article title, I immediately thought of the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin. Hope they won't be left cross eyed.

19. papss unregistered

So we have 1500.00 glasses that strain the eye... Sounds like these will be a hit

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I wonder, couldn't they just make with adjustable focus length? so you know you didn't need to focus close and only with one eye, what if it was in the middle distance or such that you needed to focus for it to be clear?

28. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Placing the display in the middle will only make Glass obtrusive, Google didn't want it to be a distraction. Google wanted it to get out of your way while providing only the vital information that is needed. People are used to looking either straight or down and Google wants us to look up.

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

True Or they shouldve put the camera at the middle or at the bottom but then it would look weird

33. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

more refering to the focus length your eye needs to adjust to. the actual glass could be where it is now, but the picture could be displayed such that it wouldn't be in focus unless you relaxed your focus in the distance?

23. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I see an Optigrab lawsuit in their future. They better invest in soybean and cocoa before all they have is their chair, their remote control, and their paddle ball.

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