“As we note in our Help Center, Glass is designed for micro-interactions, not for staring into the screen, watching Friday night movie marathons or reading ‘War and Peace’.”
— Google, in a statement to BetaBeat, which writes about the latest reported problem with Google Glass: It can hurt your eyes. The report cites several anecdotes from people who wore the Internet-connected glasses and said it gave them headaches — although Dr. Eli Peli, an optometrist and consultant for Google, said, “it’s not a headache, it’s sort of a discomfort in the eye muscles.”
However the discomfort is described, it’s just another issue to add to the growing list facing the glasses, which also include a recording device. For example, privacy concerns have led to bans in certain places, hostility and even violence, which have prompted Google to issue warnings in the Help Center mentioned above. “Don’t be creepy or rude” was among the warnings, as we’ve written.
On the other hand, Glass is being tested by doctors, first responders, nonprofits and others. Our own Brandon Bailey has mentioned that researchers are looking at ways Glass might help patients with Parkinson’s.
But back to the eye pain. Dr. Peli told BetaBeat that because the display on Glass is positioned on the upper right, it can cause eye strain because people are used to staring straight ahead. Overuse can contribute to the pain. He said the pain should go away in a few days to a week.
Photo of Google’s Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass from Associated Press archives