The gripes of glasses-wearing computer users in the 1980s

In 1985, Canadians were able to buy glasses with a special type of coating that was supposed to make life easier for the bespectacled people who used computers.

Some users found working in front of a computer terminal hard on their eyes

Glare and glasses

38 years ago
Duration 1:44
A new type of lens was supposed to be beneficial for glasses-wearers if they worked on computers in 1985.

Looking at life through rose-coloured glasses could be the answer to many problems.

For a woman who Midday viewers met in July of 1985, it helped solve headaches she was having at work.

CBC reporter Judy Darling introduced Midday viewers to Monique, a Revenue Canada employee who spent four hours a day working on a computer inside an Ottawa office.

"I used to have headaches when I [worked] on it too often for long periods of time," the woman explained. "And now I don't anymore."

A Revenue Canada employee named Monique used to get headaches when working on a computer screen for long periods of time -- until she switched to a different type of glasses. (Midday/CBC Archives)

Darling said the woman attributed the change to wearing glasses that had a special coating on the lenses that was supposed to be easier on the eyes for glasses-wearing computer users.

The coated lenses were supposed to improve the contrast a computer user would see on the screen. They were also supposed to provide better protection from UV rays.

Darling reported that Monique was among the more than 8,000 people in Ottawa using computers with similar screens at work at that time.

The CBC's Judy Darling reported that more than 8,000 people in Ottawa were using video display terminals at work as of the summer of 1985. (Midday/CBC Archives)

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