Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day | December 1
(Last Updated On: November 29, 2022)


Each year on December 1st, Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day encourages you to free yourself from blurry images. 


Freedom comes in the form of an eye exam. Getting your eyes checked is essential to routine eye care. Whether or not you need bifocals, our vision changes over time. Regular eye care includes more than getting glasses, too. Eye care contributes to our overall health. Deteriorating vision can be an early indicator of other health issues. Getting vision exams on a regular schedule helps doctors to identify problems in their early stages.

Routine Tests
  • Visual Acuity – You are probably most familiar with this test. Your cover one eye and read the letters on the wall from a distance. The letters gradually decrease in size the lower you go down the chart.
  • Retinoscopy – The optometrist uses a machine called a phoropter. It looks a little steam-punkish with all its moving parts, but your optometrist will drop a variety of lenses in front of your eyes to determine your optimal prescription.
  • Refraction Test – Using the phoropter again, the optometrist tests pairs of lenses. This test will determine if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
  • Keratometry Test – The optometrist will measure the shape and curve of your cornea.
  • Peripheral Visual Test – Our peripheral vision is what we see on either side when looking forward (central vision). Humans generally have low peripheral vision. It helps us detect movement and offers visual cues to our surroundings. This exam tests how much peripheral vision we have. A narrowing of our peripheral vision may be an indication of injury or disease.
  • Intraocular Pressure Measurement – The optometrist will send a puff of air into your open eye. The machine will measure the pressure, your eye’s resistance, to the puff of air.

The day also encourages other ways to care for your eyes. For example, step away from the computer and give your eyes a break. Too much computer time tires our eyes. Make sure your settings aren’t too bright. Eliminate glare coming from a window or other light source by adjusting your screen. Adjusting font settings on your computer can also reduce strain.


Get an eye exam and see clearer. Find a vision provider near you here. If you use a computer throughout the day, be sure to incorporate breaks to give your eyes a rest. Your eyes will thank you. 

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December 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line as the company begins manufacturing the Model T.


Rosa Parks’ refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. Parks was arrested and civil rights leaders held a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama that lasted 381 days.


Starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, the comedy Beverly Hills Cop directed by Martin Brest premieres in Los Angeles.


A rare alignment of eight planets in our solar system took place beginning on December 1st until December 8th. The planets Pluto, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up for viewing. While most of the planets can be seen with the naked eye, to see them all, a telescope was necessary.

December 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Black Elk – 1863

A member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, Black Elk witnessed the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He was a respected medicine man and was wounded during the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Rex Stout – 1886

The mystery writer created two memorable characters – detective Nero Wolfe and assistant Archie Goodwin. The mysteries have been turned into television series several times, too.

Woody Allen – 1935

The award-winning director, writer, and comedian is known for his high-class, self-deprecating, honest humor. Some of his films include Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Irrational Man.

Jerry Lawson – 1940

In the 1970s, the engineer worked for Fairchild Industries, Inc. He was a pioneer developing gaming cartridges and in 1976 the company introduced the product Lawson played a key role in developing – Fairchild Channel F. The cartridges led to versatile gaming console technology with broader concepts.

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