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Eye Pain with LED displays

by Studio1750 / September 8, 2014 12:50 PM PDT

I recently returned 2 brand new laptops because the light used in the displays cause severe pain to my eyes within minutes. This must be the same lighting used in the IPads and IPhones because I cannot look at them for any period of time, either. The eye pain is likened to putting on someone else's strong eyeglasses. I have been using a Studio 1750 for the past 10 years. It has an LCD display. I understand that the light emitted from LCD is less direct and maybe that is why I can stay on it for 6 to 8 hours without any problem. I finally found an honest discussion acknowledging this problem on a website called I only hope that I can buy a laptop with a LCD display in the future.

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I'd check with a doctor.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2014 2:32 PM PDT

Mine fitted new glasses and some other advice.

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It could be several factors
by James Denison / September 8, 2014 2:37 PM PDT

My eyes are affected by clash between yellow light from normal houselight and bluish light from TV's CRT screen. Especially bad if it's overhead light. Try it in a dark room with just the light you think causes the problem. If no problem, then it might be a reaction to the combined effect of ambient light and the screen light.

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Eye Pain with LED
by Studio1750 / September 10, 2014 12:50 AM PDT

Thank you for your reply. It is the display that causes pain in my eyes & blurry vision.

Here is a website that explains older Cold Cathode Flourescent versus LED.

I cannot tolerate that LED vividness.

The post before yours, R. Profitt says he got glasses specifically for his computer screen. Maybe he's correct because it feels like the pain of wearing someone else's strong prescription glasses. Perhaps I need a different prescription when on the computer. But I am wearing my new prescription eye glasses now as I sit and type on my LCD. No problem. And I am on this computer all the time.

In addition, though, I find myself wanting to decrease the contrast on these displays too. I hope that when I need a new laptop in the future, I will be able to buy one with an LCD.

If I wait long enough, more discussion about this problem will exist.

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The thing is,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2014 12:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Eye Pain with LED

I've seen those discussions before. Too often the person with the pain gets very upset. The only good replies (in my opinion) is to see the doctor or just buy what works for you. There are many CRT displays up on Ebay still.

In my case it was age and back to the doctor to discuss what's going on. He fitted me with a scrip a little different from reading glasses.

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walmart reading glasses for me 1.75+
by James Denison / September 10, 2014 4:58 AM PDT
In reply to: The thing is,

some of the pain goes when the blur goes.

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Eye Pain and prescription
by Studio1750 / September 10, 2014 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: The thing is,

Thank you for your reply. As a result of your advice, I will try some low resolution OTC eye glasses and see if I can tolerate the LED.
Did you read the article about the Cold Cathode Flourescent versus LED?
What did you think? The LED's are simply more powerful and they admit that. It just may be that they are too powerful for some people's eyes.

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It's a fine article.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2014 5:10 AM PDT

The CRT dot pitch versus the new LCD dot pitch can be trouble for some. I know it took a while for me to get used to it and later as the dot pitch dropped I was back to the eye doctor.

There are so few large dot pitch LCDs (much less LED LCD) that solutions are as before.

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