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My Eye Doctor Hates the iPad’s Retina Display



Retina, Retina, Retina. It seems like that’s still the one of the big topics about Apple’s new iPad. I’m already on record about how I feel about the Retina display. But my eye doctor, well, I’m not sure he’ll go on the record publicly but he sure did with me.

Yesterday I had an appointment to recheck my new prescription and new eye glasses because things just don’t feel right. I have progressive lenses (and have for awhile) and it always takes several days to adjust to new glasses once they arrive. But after giving them a week or so things just weren’t right.

In explaining to the doctor what I was seeing, I used the new iPad as one of the examples. I explained how I used it, how I held it, and what I was seeing. Bottom line things were a bit blurry since the new glasses, which should have cleared things up a bit. Then the conversation turned to the Retina display. After taking a look at the new iPad he was concerned, saying that he didn’t think he’d ever be able to tune certain prescriptions so that his patients would be able to see it as clearly as it is intended. He predicted that some patients would come back time and again to get things just right.

I’m wondering if others who have complicated prescriptions will be having similar experiences.



  1. Tablet in a Minute

    03/29/2012 at 9:44 am

    Interesting. I wonder if he could start using the new iPad as an example of if something looks clear when you are deciding between 2 different prescriptions.

  2. Draenar Dubrovna

    03/29/2012 at 11:29 am


    Did he say why he thinks people will be coming back?  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand what you are conveying.  Is it that the correction can’t be good enough, or is there an issue with the display itself?

    Thanks — from someone with progressives but who doesn’t wear them enough and who is considering replacing a 4 month old Ipad 2 with a new Ipad because of the display.

    • totemynote

      03/30/2012 at 4:51 am

      I’m with Draenar. And did the doctor give you any specifics about why the retina screen is undesirable?

    • Bill Moore

      03/30/2012 at 7:42 am

      I take it that the doctor is complaining about how crisp the fonts are. Those of us who wear progressives will have trouble accepting our glasses because the prescriptions will have difficulty getting the crisp fonts to our eyes. With the fonts being so precise, the least bit of out-of-focus will be noticeable.

      I am trying to make the change from bifocals to progressives and am also trying to pull the trigger for a new iPad. I never considered how the Retina display may make adjusting to progressives even more difficult. My optometrist won’t be happy, either. :-)

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