I'm making this topic because I care, to put it simply. I was going to put this in the General Discussion forum, but I'm putting it in here because it is aimed at those who do ROM hacking and/or game development of any kind. So moderators, please read this and consider before deciding to move my topic.
For the past 2-3 years, I have developed some really bad eye-strain. I have been ROM hacking since 1999, but it has been the last few years where the eye-strain has been really bad, and I have gotten major discomfort because of it.
It has gotten so bad that I honestly thought I would never be able to do anything computer-related anymore. That I'd have to live a computer-free life.
I bought polarized glasses a few years ago, and have been using them the last several months, but they really aren't meant for computer use. The reason I wasn't using them all this time is because they make everything too dark. I honestly had no idea that they made glasses specifically for the computer. I only recently just found out about them, and I ordered a pair.
I purchased Pixel Eyewear.
Their website is here: http://www.pixeleyewear.com
The ones I purchased were $70, but there's that old saying "You get what you pay for," and $70 is a small price to pay for glasses that would filter out blue light and greatly reduce eye-strain from computer use.
What I have for my laptop, is a privacy screen (a thin piece of plastic which filters out some of the glare, and only allows you to see the screen by looking directly at it), the brightness turned down to zero, and now I'm using the computer glasses. So now, with all three things, I hope to greatly reduce my eye-strain, and be able to continue doing the computer projects I very much love to do, without destroying my health in the process.
And it is for that reason I am making this post. I don't want anyone to have to go through what I went through. It got really bad the last couple of years. Where I had weird pain sensations, that I thought I was going to have some kind of stroke. And this happened on more than one occassion. It's really scary. It felt like the brain itself, was trembling. Literally. I honestly wanted to check myself into a hospital because I was afraid something would happen to me. That is why I took long breaks from ROM hacking, and tried to distance myself from the computer.
But it is really hard to give up something completely, that is a life passion. It is like telling a painter who LOVES to paint, that he can never paint ever again.
All I have to say, is that I am thankful that there are companies out there that make glasses designed specifically for computer use. Protection from the computer screen is EXTEMELY IMPORTANT. I can't emphasize that enough. Your health is very important.
If you love ROM hacking and Game Development, or just doing computer projects in general, please take care of your health, through your eyes. Get yourself a pair of computer glasses.
Granted tonight is my first night using them, and I still have to give it some time to tell if they are really working for me, but I am confident that they will, especially in conjuction with the other two things, the privacy screen and the brightness turned all the way down.
The comptuer screens give off artificial blue light, that is not only bad for your eyes, but it messes with your internal body settings. It releases serotonin which can keep you up at night. I came across this while doing a little bit of research.
I'm merely strongly recommending that if you love ROM hacking, love making computer games, that if you are going to sit for hours in front of the computer screen, that you protect your eyes and your health, and get a pair of glasses that will protect you.
Another site that has computer glasses is Gunnar: https://gunnar.com
You can also obviously do some research yourself on Google.
But that is all I wanted to say.
I love ROM hacking and game development as I hobby, and now with these glasses, I hope to be able to continue to do what I love to do, without all of the pain and suffering that comes with the computer usage.
Thanks for reading, and happy ROM hacking!
As an added thought, anyone who uses the the computer long-term should wear computer glasses, so I suppose I should have posted this in the General Discussion forum afterall, but my intent was to support people who do ROM hacking and game development, because both of those things require long-term computer usage. I didn't want to come off as a jerk who only cared about ROM hackers and game developers. It's just that I'm making this post on a ROM hacking forum.