Dark Mode is Far Too Hard On My Eyes

timidpimpin

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I really like the idea of dark mode, but find my eyes hurting a bit after just a few minutes of use. Even when using a solid white desktop picture. For some reason I can look at a black desktop all day long, but not black UI windows. Odd.

Any tips on making it easier on my eyes? Are there others who feel my pain?
 

Schismz

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IDK, Dark Mode works for me with no problems. Some of us used to make jokes that as NeXT became Apple, its blackness would eventually take over the desktop. It took a minute, but desktop is back to light text on dark backgrounds, hello again late 70s/early 80s Apple ][, Mmmmmm "would you like Green, Amber, Cyan or White text? Sorry, we no longer offer radiation burns from CRTs though."

I switched to Dark Mode, had 0 problems, found it soothing and easy to work with, and now when I sit in front of a light screen, it seems glaring and super-bright. But only for a few minutes, then my eyes adjust and I get over it.

Everything is subjective, just use whatever makes your eyes and brain happy, as @fisherking mentioned, there are a lot of different display options to play with beyond just dark/light mode and reduce transparency.
 
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mj_

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I will never understand the industry obsession with "dark mode". Everything needs to support some sort of "dark mode", or "dark skin", or whatnot these days, and it's being hailed as the greatest invention since sliced bread when in reality it just looks sad and depressing.

In honor of the clear craze of the 1990s I've started referring to this fad as the dark craze.
 
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timidpimpin

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The problem:
"Dark Mode is Far Too Hard On My Eyes"

The solution:
Go back to "regular" mode.
That's the way it's always been, and that's the way I like it.
I did go back to regular (light mode) before even making this thread. I just wanted to see if anyone had tips to make dark mode easier on the eyes.
 

Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"I did go back to regular (light mode) before even making this thread. I just wanted to see if anyone had tips to make dark mode easier on the eyes."

It is what it is.
Whether your eyes like it or not... is up to you.
 

h9826790

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I prefer dark mode much more. And I can use dark mode continuously for a few hours without any problem.

But I usually use my computer in nearly full dark environment. This can make huge difference.
 

hfg

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I have dark mode enabled ... but is there a setting that will make Safari, and in particular this forum, display white characters on a dark background?
 

h9826790

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I have dark mode enabled ... but is there a setting that will make Safari, and in particular this forum, display white characters on a dark background?
Not yet. Safari dark mode (experimental) only works if the website has the associated dark mode code.

It won’t automatically “translate” a normal web site into dark mode.

I personally use Brave Browser + dark mode plugin to achieve dark mode MR browsing.
 
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rijc99

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I didn’t like dark mode when I was outside during the day or in a bright room because I felt the words were harder to see and some of the colors were hard on the eyes. But then I tried it in a dark room I felt it was pretty good.
 

Hessel89

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It depends on the type of screen you're using. I've found that using Dark mode on a matte screen looks great, but on glossy screens it can definitely be a bit too much.
To of-set the contrast some glossy monitors give you try using this color profile:
SMPTE RP 431-2-2007 DCI(P3)

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It may look a little foggy at first but it's easier on the eyes.
 
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