Monitors and vision problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jayford, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. Anyone else having vision problems form staring at monitors too much? I have recently had some pretty scary vision obstruction, and I'm almost certain its from gawking at my monitors 10 hours a day. Specifically, it seems as though I have looked at something bright and then looked away when ever I am indoors. I see this after effect ALL the time now (indoors only). Its hard for me to even look at a monitor with a white background (like this on ET). I use green on black for my charting.

    I use top notch LCD's, a well lit room, and even tinted glasses, but this is getting worse. If anyone else has had this problem, and figured out a way to remedy it, I'm all ears (cause I certainly can't see).

    I'm going to try and take a break from the computer for four days this week (something I haven't done in a few years). If this doesn't get any better, its time to see a doc. I better not have to change professions as this is pretty much all I've ever done.


  2. funky


    i see shit all the time, but i think that's because of all the weed i smoked back in college....not sure.

    take a break. eat some turkey. try not to surf so much porn.
  3. pspr


    See your doctor as soon as possible. That is a symptom of Macular Degeneration. Do a search on the web to learn more about it. It could also be a catarac forming.
  4. i think my vision is definitely worse from using computers hours at a time. i can see up close fine, but far away things are getting blurry. i've never had glasses or contacts, so i'm afraid to get my driver's license renewed (eye test).
  5. What color background are you using on the monitor? If its a Lighter color say a white backround, there's just too much light. Try using a black or grey background.
  6. Jayford -

    That does not sound right. I stare at 3 monitors for 10+ hours a day, have been for years and have the same eyesight I did back when.

    Go see an opthomologist (not a optometrist) and have a dilated eye exam (they put drops in your eyes to dialate your pupils so the doc can look at your entire retina.

    Also do a google search on "amsler grid" download the simple gif or jpeg image and test yourself; that will help verify problems with the macula (the part of the retina that's responsible for detailed vision)

    Good luck and good health -
  7. As mentioned on many occasions on another thread, try setting your background to grey, and enabling your Windows OS to use the CLEAR TYPE function.

    Go to:

    Display Properties by doing a right click on your desktop.
    Then under the Appearance tab, click on Effects and you will find the CLEAR TYPE function.

    You might also wish to turn the resolution down on your LCD.
    I have an NEC and run it a notch or two below the suggested "native" resolution. This really helps!
  8. Try sitting further from the screen... seriously...
  10. gms


    There's nothing to be afraid of, I would think. If you've become nearsighted, it can be corrected with eyeglasses or lasik.
    #10     Nov 26, 2003