Anyones eyes hurt after using the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jobsfnby, May 9, 2010.


Do your eyes hurt after using your iPad?

  1. Yes

    16 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but only after an extended amount of time.

    44 vote(s)
  3. No

    147 vote(s)
  1. jobsfnby macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    Does anyones eyes hurt after using the iPad for a long amount of time?

    My eyes begin to hurt when Ive been using my iPad for a while. I don't know if it has to do with the brightness or what, I've tried to turn down the brightness but it doesn't seem to help too much.

    Does anyone know how to maybe prevent this? Does an anti-glare screen protector help at all, maybe it has something to do with how glossy the screen is because I know on my mom's laptop I can use it much longer without my eyes beginning to hurt.
  2. mstout macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    No. Used it for hours and my eyes were fine. The screen is amazing. My Kindle friends tell me they read for an hour and their eyes hurt.
  3. Dimka macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2007
    San Francisco
    yes, it was fine for a while, first several month, but now if i use ipad for a while everything becomes blurry, but it depends what I do on ipad. so I suspect that some apps use graphics that is not good for eyes.
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Mine don't.

    However, I do have a screen protector which makes the display more matte like.
  5. Shoechick macrumors newbie


    Dec 15, 2010
    Mine did the first few days but that's because of a couple of things, the brightess was up too high and I need a new prescription for my contacts :)
  6. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    No problems, it's a matter of moderation as the display is not that great.

    Not bad, just not great. A handy device for casual consumption, not exactly a device I would want to do any work with.
  7. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Do your eyes hurt after using a computer? If so, they'll probably hurt after using an iPad.
  8. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Only logical reason I can think of is either your brightness is extremely high, but you mentioned you turned it down, or you have light sensitivity which could be caused by sinus allergies or many other reasons. To answer your question, no my eyes do not hurt and I use my iPad on average for about 4 hours a day. My brightness level is at about 20% usually.
  9. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    yep, i'm now blind :cool:

    oh and it's so heavy I can barely pick it up :eek: , I wish it was lighter :(

    *insert lots of British sarcasm ;)
  10. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  11. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    The iPad screen is no different from a computer screen. Have some lighting around the room and take a few breaks and you should be fine.
  12. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I think the key here is that the iPad screen is no different from any other LED-backlit LCD, screen (aside from panel type, of course). From my own experience, I had no issues with the matte, CCFL Apple Cinema Display I used to own. As soon as I went to the new LED Cinema Display and then my iMac, I've experienced a ton of fatigue. I feel like I always have to be adjusting my brightness on them, and it's the same with the iPad. I turn the brightness down because the whites are so 'searing' on it. But then it's too dim, so I turn the brightness up. And then it's too bright. I can't win, it seems.

    Anyway, I really wish LED backlighting hadn't become so prevalent. It's hellish for me, but there's not much choice these days, it seems.
  13. jamesbond05 macrumors member


    May 24, 2010
    It only hurts when I use it first thing in the morning. Most of the time it's at minimum brightness when I'm indoors
  14. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    Yes after a while. I roll with the brightness on min most of the time.
  15. ScaryMerry macrumors member


    Nov 29, 2010
    North Carolina
    It's not brightness that causes eyestrain- it's glare. My eyes only hurt when I have major glare coming off the glossy iPad screen. :rolleyes:
  16. mgg macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Mine did till I turned the brightness level all the way down. I also have a PS Anti-Glare screen protector, but don't know if that helped.
  17. 4miler macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2009
    So roughly 20+% of people get sore eyes from iPads. Interestingly this roughly correlates with the percentage of people who want matte screens on iMacs. See the petition at

    Given the results from the iPad poll, I think it is appropriate for iPad users to also sign that petition, and get Apple to give the matte option on all its products.

    There are currently around 1,200+ petition comments. The more the better. Apple does not listen to individual matte requests made via its own website. Apple pretends that EVERYONE loves gloss. The only way is to show numbers in a public petition.
  18. ExnomenDei macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2010

    4miler, you can't claim 20% of people get sore eyes from iPads. 20% of the people who voted in this poll claim getting sore iPads, which might sound like a small difference, but is actually huge. People who do get sore eyes are more likely to click on the link, and they are again more likely to vote as well. It's a biased poll even though it's not intended to be.

    However, while the glossiness irritates me sometimes, it seems to be neccessary with this kind of capacitive touch technology. Glass is actually a fundamental component of the touch sensitivity layer and it's hard to make glass less reflective without sacrificing display quality as well. So while it's certainly annoying, it's not something I would change.

    Also, I love the IPS screen on my iPad, even though it seems a tiny bit too blue at times.
  19. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    What device do you do work with, and what sort of display does it have?

    I would bet the iPad's display is superior to your computer's display.
  20. fortunecookie macrumors regular


    Dec 3, 2010
    Ipad a couple of inches away feom your eyes will most definitely cause sore eyes :) try using it a littler further away or get yout eyes checked and get a pair of eye glasses?
  21. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I voted yes in the poll and I have a new pair of glasses and have just had my eyes tested ( and yes I'm sure the prescription is correct)
  22. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
    Nope. I've built up a resistance due to years of gaming
  23. Ksane macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    No, but my right elbow sure does from the angle needed to hold and touch the iPad screen.
  24. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    2nded :)
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