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Google Glass use may cause eye discomfort

Boston, MA—As eyecare practitioners begin fitting patients for Google Glass with prescription lenses, some patients may complain of some discomfort while using the device.

In an interview with tech website Beta Beat, Eli Peli, OD, MSc, of Schepens Eye Research Institute, who consulted with Google on Glass, explained that the discomfort has been a concern since the device’s early days. In order to make it a head-up device but keep the user from crashing into anything in his path, the display was placed in the upper right corner—the most uncomfortable spot.

The discomfort is usually experienced with new users, who tend to look at the device for longer than intended as they get used to using Glass.

“A slight discomfort around eyes may be experienced by a small number of users when starting using Glass,” Dr. Peli said exclusively to Optometry Times. “The discomfort should dissipate within a few days, as you adapt, and it subsides as you to integrate Glass into your everyday activities, engaging in short, micro-interactions rather than long interactions.”

When you are fitting patients for Glass, Dr. Peli has some advice on what to tell them about using the device.

“The Glass is intended for micro interactions—short periods of brief use. It is best to ease into using the display staying more closely to the intended mode of use,” he said. “This may ease the adaptation period and may avoid discomfort while still adapting.”

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