HDTV 'pointless' without perfect peepers
20/20 more important than 1080, says eye doctor
If you’re about to decorate your living room with a 50in plasma HD TV, Freesat HD box subscription and a Blu-ray Disc player, you’d be wise to add an eye test to your checklist. You won’t get the benefit if your eyesight’s iffy, it’s been claimed.
High Street optician Vision Express has warned that many people aren’t getting the full adavantage of HD quality telly because their specs, contact lenses or good old unaided peepers aren’t strong enough.
In a recent survey, the chain discovered that 60 per cent of Britons haven’t had an eye test in the past 12 months. And two thirds of those who had had one still needed a new prescription.
Phillip Hyde, Head of Professional Services at Vision Express, told the Daily Mail that even a marginally short-sighted person sitting on a sofa watching a couple of metres from an HD TV broadcast may not see the full enhanced image quality. ®
Most of my TV viewing is of fuzzy DivX movies from BitTorrent. Not really worth donning glasses for them. (Not that I'm complaining, mind, they're still very watchable.)
Though I do need to grab my specs when it's time for a HD console game. Otherwise I get in trouble for not spotting the terrorist crouching in the dark corner...
Eye test within 12 months?
It's hardly surprising that such a high proportion hadn't seen the optician in 12 months. Quite a lot of us with glasses get told to come back in 2 years.
Sounds more like the opticians just jumping onto the HDTV bandwagon to get more people through their doors.
By running this story you have fallen for this opticians bid to obtain free advertising for their products and services - their comments are pretty obvious - if your eyesight is defective then you can't see properly - wow !! I never realised that.
They do get a couple of name checks in the write-up though - I didn't see that coming - maybe I need to visit Specsavers
Eye testing and spectacle manufacturing company says we won't be able to see things very well unless we get an eye test and buy new spectacles. Who'd have thought it?