If GLARY is defined as having a dazzling brightness (Merriam-Webster dictionary), then GLARminY is an intended community of Glarmins, people who suffer from above average light sensitivity. GLARminY is also a desired state of a Glarmin in which glare that enters our eyes is minimized to avoid headaches and fatigue thus living more normally. Glarminy’s mission is, therefore, to help Glarmins, by providing a place where we can share our glare related problems and solutions. Glarminy is where we can help each other.
What is glary to a Glarmin would hardly be perceived as disturbing brightness by other people. Examples include several ordinary situations:
- Driving at night: unbearable discomfort caused by headlight glare and even the glare from tail lights, traffic lights or road signs!!
- Driving in daytime: fatiguing discomfort caused by reflections of the sun from one’s dashboard, from the road, from other cars, etc.
- Work & home: disturbing reflection of light reflected form paper when reading, fatigue caused by the contrast between a computer screen and office lighting as it changes with the movement of the Sun and the clouds), discomfort caused when a window is behind the person to whom you are talking, uneasiness whenever there is a light bulb anywhere in the field of vision, etc.
If you are a Glarmin, you identify with the above situations and glare bothers you nearly all of the time.
Glare disturbs us, Glarmins, because it leads to headaches, tension around the eyes and general weariness. It makes it difficult for us to lead a normal life (for example, one hour of driving may tire you to the point of having to lie down to rest and recover from headache and eyestrain). Ophthalmologists call this condition photophobia or light sensitivity or intolerance to light (see www.eyehealthweb.com, or www.allaboutvision.com). Light sensitivity may be a symptom of another condition or disease that may be treated, thus removing the problem with light sensitivity. However, some people are naturally more sensitive to light (their pupils might be larger, allowing more light to enter their eyes such that they might see better at night, but brightness disturbs them more).
Do leave me a note if you identify with a Glarmin or know someone who is! I am very curious to see how many of you out there share this condition with me. The statistics in my country say that about 5% of total population report glare-related problems when visiting an eye doctor. Do you think that is about right? Do you have access to statistics that differ significantly from this number?
My name is Uroš, I am from Slovenia (so I hope you bear with my English) where I live with my wife and four children.
I got my B.Sc. degree in Applied Math and Economics in the USA, MBA in Spain, and recently a Ph.D. in Slovenia. In all these countries I also worked for extensive periods of time, mostly as a sales manager or a general manager of smaller businesses (here is my LinkedIn profile).
I love my family, managing businesses, working with/helping people, hiking and mountain biking.