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An eyesore: Google Glass headaches part of an eyestrain 'adjustment period'

Google Glass headaches
The pain of being an Explorer

It turns out that the expensive Google Glass prototype isn't just a pain in Explorers' wallets, it's also causing a few early adopters headaches.

The eye muscle discomfort is caused by looking in unnatural directions, specifically the top right corner of your vision, admitted Google's own optometrist Dr. Eli Peli to BetaBeat.

Google Glass headaches are said to go away after a few days, which the company likened this to owning a new pair of prescription glasses.

"When anyone gets a new pair of glasses or starts wearing them for the first time there is always an adjustment period until people get used to them," a Google spokesperson told TechRadar.

"For some it's the same with Glass. We encourage Explorers to ease into Glass, just as they would a new pair of glasses."

First-hand experience

Google doesn't see a need for warning labels, but it did caution this reporter not to overuse Glass when I sat down for our Google Glass fitting in December 2013.

Sure enough, there was minor discomfort when I disobeyed this order, like any early adopter would do. It went away within a week.

The problem was that I was focusing just the right eye on a screen while the left eye goes into what can only be described as a "dead zone." Really, Glass is good for short notifications beamed to the eye.

"As we note in our Help Center, Glass is designed for micro-interactions," said the Google spokesperson.

"[It's] not for staring into the screen, watching Friday night movie marathons or reading 'War and Peace.'"

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.