LED screens and eyestrain - resolving issues

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Hello Mac Maniacs :)

I am sensitive to light and when I first got my Imac the very next day I had the biggest headache and my eyes were burning.

I googled and read everything under the sun on how to help aleve this issue.
I turned down the birghtness but not sure if that causes the eye strain and headaches.

I do the 20/20 method where I will be on the computer for 20 mins then look away for around 20-30 secs and that has worked pretty good. I think my eyes just needed to adjust. I feel 80 percent better.

One thing I cannot seem to fix is the bold lettering and sometimes fuzzy text. Any ideas on that? I have my display at 1280 x 720.

I see a lot of people that have issues with the Mac LED displays. Give it some time and your eyes may auto adjust like mine did. Still not 100 percent but I am getting there.
 
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If you set your iMac's resolution to anything lower than it is supposed to be, it will appear fuzzy. A better solution is to leave the default resolution and then adjust fonts and text sizes to be larger to alleviate eye strain.
 
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you can set the resolution to the optimal, but then zoom in the fonts and other stuff to help with eye strain. also, you can dim the display a tad to take the intensity down. Keep other lights on around you at the same brightness as the screen - this will help keep the differences brightness when turning your head about from straining your eyes from trying to change to the differences in levels. Stay away from fluorescent lighting.
 
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Thanks guys. What is the recommended resolution for my Imac?
I think the default ones made my text look like little ants and websites were gthe size of a penny.
I have very little light in my room so it is just the daylight that peeks in from my window.
At night my room is completely dark, I live like a Vampire :)
 
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working in the dark with a bright led screen will almost always result in eye strain for me. I would add a little lighting in the room to balance things out, jmo.
 
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Whatever the highest setting is under your system preferences is usually the default.

Then hit Command and + on websites to increase the size of fonts..

Using Tinkertool you can also increase the default System font size: TinkerTool: Screenshots
 
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Thanks Aptmunch and Groovetube

The only light I have is Florescent though. I hope that doesn't make any issues for me. I will tell you this the screen itself is a work of art.
 
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Invest in a desk lamp, they're fairly inexpensive and then have it bounce off a wall behind the iMac. If you're naturally sensitive to light, sitting in front of the mac in the dark isn't doing you any favours at all.
 
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I normally don't do myself any favors :( My only favor so far is getting the Imac :)
Now I have no PC issues but I feel like Mr Magoo :)
 
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Just an update my eyestrain is close to being 99 percent better now. I try to have at least 1 light on while on my computer and I think the majority of it was to adjust my eyes to a high quality LED screen. I had the same issue with the Ipad as well.

I know eyestrain is a huge issue for many viewing LED displays for the first time. I did a google search and to this day people are still reporting problems.
 

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