Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day


According to the creators of this day, Ruth and Thomas Roy of Wellcat Holidays, it is a day when those who don't wear bifocals have compassion for those who have to wear them while working with computers—those who are constantly trying to figure out which of the two lenses to use when looking at the screen. Wearing bifocals and reading at a computer can cause muscle fatigue, as it may be necessary to constantly move one's head to get the correct lens in front of the text. Some bifocal wearers experience headaches and dizziness. The invention of bifocals is usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, although it is possible that someone else created them independent of him around the same time. What is clear is that he did invent them on his own as well.

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day is observed next on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. It has always been observed annually on December 1st.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by taking notice of those wearing bifocals while at a computer, or anywhere for that matter, and give them your sympathies. If you yourself wear bifocals, this may be a day to think about getting trifocals, progressive lenses, or even eye surgery; the word "liberation" is in the day's title after all. It also may be a fun day to read Benjamin Franklin's letters of correspondence regarding his invention of bifocals.

Occurrence Patterns

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annually on December 1st--




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