Eye strain solution?

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  1. user1234 macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    I got my first iMac delivered 11 days ago, after using MacBook Pros with external displays for years.

    The problem is that I'm getting severe eye strain and blurry vision when using the iMac. I only have until monday to return it so time is scarse.

    My question is, has anyone had these kinds of issues with retina iMacs and managed to mitigate them successfully? With successfully I mean still using the machine without issues.

    I have always been sensitive to some displays while other work fine. All other Apple retina displays I have used have worked better than any other displays I have used in the past, so this was a bit of a surprise. I have brightness turned way down and it doesn't help much.

    My options now are to either solve the problem and continue using it, return it (in which case I'm kinda screwed since it's the only Mac powerful enough right now), or use it with an external display and not use the internal display at all, which seems like a huge waste. It would be great if there was a Mac with the power of the iMac without a display and a price to reflect that difference.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. liorp macrumors newbie

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    I don't have experience with retina displays yet, but I did have an eye strain issue from computers in general for years. I use f.lux, which gives your screen a yellow tint (that you can adjust, btw). Otherwise, I used Gunnar glasses for a while which also do the same thing.

    Also, if possible, frequent breaks are good to take. Look out of your window and try to focus on something that's as far away as possible. Helped me before.
     
  3. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    All good advice, but I work with photos and video, so I need my display to be color accurate which means that f.lux is not an option. Taking breaks and looking at things far away is also good advice, but I get issues after less than 5 minutes of use, and I can't take breaks that frequently :D
     
  4. liorp macrumors newbie

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    Oh, that's not cool at all. I'd go to a doctor ASAP and probably return the iMac. You can always order a different one.
    If you have your own separate display that you know is fine for your eyes, maybe output your iMac to that, if you wanna keep it, of course :)
     
  5. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have been to several doctors. I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a few years ago, and still have symptoms from that, but even prior I have had issues with different type of displays, especially ones with flicker and low pixel density.

    I just wish Apple would have decent computers without displays to choose from. It's difficult to be a desktop Mac user these days.

    Of course, using my iMac with an external display as primary display is an option, but it would be a share to pay for a great monitor and then not use it. If I had tons of money I wouldn't care. I would also have to use the iMacs internal display for logging in, and troubleshooting. And of course I can't be disabled, so sometimes apps would probably open on it and I'd have to look at it.

    I wonder what the chances are of having Apple extend my return window so I could try for a bit longer...
     
  6. hfg macrumors 68040

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    not to overlook the obvious ... have you turned down the brightness? iMacs are incredibly bright at the default max screen brightness and are painful to me at that brightness. I run mine at about 1/3 to under 1/2 normally.
     
  7. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have, and I mentioned this in my first post, but it probably got lost in all the text :D

    I run it at about 1/6 to 1/8 brightness unless I'm doing exposure and color work, in which case it's calibrated brightness is 3/4 of a step under half
     
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    Only briefly so far. I'll test some more, but it would be a shame to give up screen real estate. It's got the equivalent to 2560*1440 with standard scaling already. But I'll try.
     
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  11. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not specialized computer glasses but I wear regular glasses
     
  12. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I had special glasses made for the exact distance from where I sit to the screen with a non-glare coating. I really like using them with the iMac as opposed to my regular everyday glasses.
     
  13. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    What hfg wrote.

    "Normal" glasses really won't cut it for computer work IMO. For me, being terribly nearsighted, I have my reading glasses, computer/office task glasses, driving glasses (and a pair of Cocoons always stashed in my Benz, which has a special blue tint on the glass), and "normal" glasses. I also mount my computer displays on arms so I can vary their position as I see fit and for varying resolutions.

    For the reading and computer specs I simply went to a drugstore (Walgreens here) and purchased cheap reading glasses that suited me, popped out the lenses, and took the frames to my optometrist for suitable lenses - no need to spend a fortune on frames that never go outdoors except when in my briefcase!
     
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As above you need the correct glasses for the job.
     
  15. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It would sure be good to have, but I tried a pair about a year ago, but they gave everything a magenta tint, and had severe issues with glare. Any light source behind me gave magenta glare on the inside of the lenses, making it impossible to see through them. And this was high quality glass. They were even sent to Schneider Optics to be analyzed for errors, but we're apparently to spec.

    I don't have the money to spend for another pair of glasses right now unfortunately. I have saved everything I could to get this computer since my old one just wasn't able to handle what I used it for anymore. I may try to save up for computer glasses, but it's yet another pair of glasses that need to be changed when my vision changes.

    Oh if money was not an issue... :D
     
  16. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Contact lenses. Yes a pain but no gap for glare
     
  17. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll have to think about how to do this right. I obviously need to find some money for computer classes of some kind. Gunnar optics does not seem to deliver subscription glasses outside the US, but I'll have to look into that more closely. Another thing is that their option for color accurate work only blocks 10% of blue light while the standard model blocks 65%.

    I'm pretty sure I will keep the iMac though. I'll either have to make it work with external monitors or glasses, whatever works best. Although, I stare at screens a lot so glasses wouldn't be a bad thing.
     
  18. paulryp macrumors regular

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    yeah, I've just received my 2017 iMac and its burning my retinas and giving me old school eye strain. Very frustrated now. My 2011 iMac is ice cold with no strain at all. Weird. One step forward 2 steps back. Not sure I can live with this as is.
     
  19. user1234 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have now requested to see an eye doctor, and they will have time for me in about 3 months. They told me to use eye drops without preservatives for now.

    My thought was to get it checked out before getting computer glasses but not sure I can wait that long.
     

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