Anyone with eye strain issue moved from matte screen laptop to MBP and applied antiglare protector?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jas5279, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. jas5279 macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2016
    I realize it is very difficult for me to find other people with the same issue that I have. Suffice to say I have never met anyone in person who has the same issue as I do. I CAN'T STAND GLOSSY DISPLAYS! My eyes are too sensitive and I will get a headache within 5 minutes of looking at a glossy screen. My current laptop is matte screen and I have a matte protector on my iPhone. Is there anyone out there with the same issue? My plan is that I will get a MBP and put Moshi's iVisor anti-glare screen protector on it and HOPE that the screen will become just like my HP's anti-glare screen which I have been using for years.

    So basically I am trying to find a person who has eye strain issue from glossy displays and they got a MBP and put anti-glare protector on it and it worked just fine (removing the strain)? I only know about Moshi's iVisor. Will it work just fine to kill the eye strain?
  2. TonyK macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2009
    My eye strain comes from mixing light sources, office lighting and natural sunlight mixing in our small office.

    A matte screen might help my wife though so I'm interested to see if anyone else chimes in with experience on installing a matte screen protector.

    Doing a Google search found an older thread here at

    In that thread it directs another thread here at
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Be aware that the MacBook Pro's have a -very thin- anti-glare coating on their displays already.

    Because it's "sprayed on", and because it's so thin, it has become a problem for some folks, literally "scraping" and peeling off -- this is known as "StainGate".

    The reason I mentioned this is because ANYTHING you physically attach to the display has the possibility of interacting with this thin coating, and then causing problems.

    This doesn't mean that the Moshi screen will damage the MacBook's Pro's anti-glare coating.
    But you can't be sure until you try it...
  4. jas5279 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2016
    My eye strain comes from glossy displays (any screen that is not anti-glare) and also from dim lighting. I kind of have a serious eye strain issue when it comes to displays. I use an anti-glare HP + wear anti-glare glasses with amber coating to further decrease the strain. For a long while I've been wanting to get a MBP and there is absolutely no way I can use it for 5 minutes without the anti-glare protector. I really wish Apple still manufactured anti-glare screens.

    I did not know about the anti glare coating you're talking about. But I'm sure its negligible because when I tried using the MBP, I felt A LOT of glare. I have read tons of reviews about Moshi and I didn't see any complains about their protector messing with the screen.
  5. groove-agent macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2006
    I'm in the same boat as you. I have a light sensitivity and get headaches from antiglare screens. I'm still using a 2012 cMBP w/ antiglare but it's getting old and starting to have issues. I was concerned that it would be my last Mac.

    I made a similar post on Macumors months ago, but couldn't find anyone who can compare it with an original antiglare. I've collected some pictures of the iVisor on glossy MBPs and that's the best I've been able to do. From what I can tell it will help significantly, but it won't be quite the same as a native antiglare. I know when I've put antiglare screen protectors on my iPhone I like the change and is gentler on my eyes however like you, it hard to pull the trigger on such an expensive, laptop only to take a chance by putting an antiglare screen on it. I'm also considering Hackintoshing a Dell XPS 15 which has a really nice looking infinity edge antiglare, but Hackintoshing isn't easy and requires a lot of effort to get it to work.

    Let me know how it goes for you and I will stay in touch as well.

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  6. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    I can't stand glossy displays either. I edit photos and the glare makes it difficult to see some detail in images.

    I've applied anti-glare /matte film to a 2012 rMBP. The post is here,

    Would anyone here want an Anti-glare matte screen on the MBP?

    The particular film I purchased for that rMBP is the best matte film I've ever had/used. It was as good a MBP with the optional matte screen. I sold the rMBP and bought a 2012 cMBP with a matte screen. I still use this Mac now. I don't think I'll purchase another Mac as the iPad Pro works better for me now. I've even applied an anti glare film to my iPad Pro!

    Here's my rMBP with the matte film applied,

  7. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Using Night Shift makes that totally redundant, and you can activate it for however long you want...
  8. groove-agent macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2006
    Thanks for your photo, it was quite informative.

    I don't understand your story though. You said the rMBP "was as good a MBP with the optional matte screen". But then you sold it and got a 2012 cMBP with the matte screen. If it was as good, why would you sell it?

  9. MacInTO, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017

    MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    Sorry, I should have mentioned that. I sold it because the storage wasn't enough for me. The maximum SSD size was 750gb in the 2012 rMBP. I've got 2tb of storage in my cMBP. I would have kept my rMBP if could have had this much storage. I used a USB drive for a while but that was bothersome and slow.

    Ps. I should also mention that the one I purchased is no longer manufactured. If I were going to purchase another one, it would be this one,
  10. jas5279 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2016
    I use Night Shift on my iPhone 24/7. It does help. I wasn't aware its available on Mac too but I just Googled and found out that it is available in the latest OS. It's good news for me. Thank you!

    Glad to find someone who has the same issue as I do. Reading your post is like you took the words right out of my mouth. The ONLY thing stopping me for a long time now to get the MBP is its screen. If MBP still came with anti-glare screens, I would've bought it a long time ago. And you're right, it's hard pulling the trigger on such an expensive thing only hoping that the anti-glare screen protector would work for me.

    Well, after tons of Googling, I have ordered Moshi's anti-glare protector. It seems like its the best out there at the moment. I will surely give an in-depth review once I put it on. :)
  11. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    I purchased a new 13" MBP non touchbar version and it gave me such headaches and made me sleepy from the screen, I had to return it. I am not a fan of the anti-reflective coatings Apple applies to the glass. We have had so many newer iPads where the coating actually came off but not cleanly - resulting in a blotchy mess. So far the MBP 15" I have (non touchbar) doesn't give me the eye strain - as much - as the 13" version did. I can use my 17" antiglare screen MBP laptop for hours and my eyes never tire. Too bad Apple won't make a laptop with a antiglare screen like the did in the old days.
  12. groove-agent macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2006
    Strange, smaller screens give me less eye strain. If I had to go with a glossy screen without an antiglare I'd choose a 13", especially now the Kaby Lake -R is coming. Hopefully we'll see a 4 core 13" soon.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 16, 2017 ---
    Let me know how it goes and please post pictures of it applied. Which MBP are you applying it to?

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