The following article was written by the talented Jake Wallis Simons from “Telegraph”.
Johnny Depp and I have little in common. Last month, however, I was prescribed the sort of blue-tinted glasses that he has been wearing for years.
Contrary to popular belief, these are more than a fashion accessory. “Everything is just very, very blurry [without them],” he told Rolling Stone magazine in June. “I’ve never had proper vision.”
Depp has not revealed the precise health reason for the blue tint. In my case, though, it is to address Meares-Irlen syndrome, more commonly known as “visual stress”.
For years, I was unable to look at certain computer screens and mobile devices without dizziness, discomfort, nausea and shooting eye pain. Visits to opticians and ophthalmologists came to nothing. I tried the usual advice – taking regular breaks, adjusting my screen and so on – but nothing helped. The only workaround was to use particular computers made before 2007.
Eventually, I learnt of visual stress, and made an appointment with Simon Barnard, a specialist in the field, at the Barnard Levit optometrists in London.