You may have to sit outside, by a window, or under lamp like I do.
I haven't noticed the Options nickel-plated needles being a problem with eyestrain.
However, I can not seem to use anything but my KP options.
My DPN's are colored and it's hard for me to see the stitches on them. Same goes for my straights which are colored also.
I'm considering getting rid of my colored DPN's and buying the ones from KP"s.