headache, eye-ache & nausea from new 11" mba display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by leahp81, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. leahp81, Aug 23, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011

    leahp81 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    i recently got a new 11" mba... for the most part, i like the colors / saturation the way it is right now, except the whites just seem TOO white and it's blinding enough that i'm getting nauseous from looking at it for too long. i didn't have this problem with my late 2008 macbook. and simply turning down the brightness doesn't solve the problem.

    i've been searching through this forum for advice on how to get the display calibration just right, and tried some of the other .icc files i found here. none of them seem to be just right. any advice? should i take it to the genius bar? i feel like they won't help much =/
  2. ann713, Aug 23, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011

    ann713 macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2008
    Return it for a bigger screen, say the 13" MacBook Air. Perhaps it's the high resolution on such a small screen. Excluding the nauseation, I also had a headache, eye-ache, and not to mention neck strain when I used the 11". I think there's little to nothing a Genius can do for you in this situation.
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i found wearing reading glasses really helped with eyestrain and headaches i used to get...
  4. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    If it is the white you're getting nauseated from, you could try to run a screen calibration in systemprefs->screen->color->calibrate or what ever it is called in English.
    But if you're a bit older (and that could be as young as 35-40) you could need reading glasses....
  5. Napolke macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Reading glasses is no help for FAULTY display.
  6. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Had the same issue with a PSP....returned it.
  7. icanboogie macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    ..but they are for faulty eyes....:roll eyes:

    seriously, I do not think this is any fault of the display. the high pixel density can cause the eye strain and other related issues, even nausea. get closer to it, get glasses or get a different computer.

    I experienced similar stuff with a 17 hi-res, but I got used to it. I bought an external 26" display with a low pixel density of 1920x1200 (instead of 26XX or whatever the new 27 iMacs and Displays have) exactly for that reason, so I don't have to sit too close to have a comfortable view.
  8. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    The 13" MacBook Air has about the same resolution as the 11" (calculated in PPI of course, 128 vs 135). So if it is the pixel density that is the problem, the 13" MBA won't help.
  9. LRJordan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    Tamworth, England
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Like others have said, the nausea is likely caused by your eyesight not adjusting to the high PPI of the screen.

    I don't believe a white background alone can make you feel nauseated? :confused: It's far more likely to be caused by discomfort and eye-strain.
  11. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Calibrate your screen - problem solved.

    The screen is too white / 'contrasty' for you that's all. You can fix no problem.
  12. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Many people (myself included) got sick when looking at LED screens at first, it does go away once you get used to it. One thing I found helpful was just to reduce the screen brightness.
  13. meistervu macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    I know how you feel

    I had the same problem on the bus and brought mine back and talked to a genius. She blamed it on font size and suggested I tried one with less reflective background and with larger fonts, until she got quite upset with me for being called a genius. She insisted that she's a librarian :)

    But seriously, op, I suspect that the problem you are having similar to reading on a bus or a moving vehicle. For me I can't read fine prints under that environment, but larger prints are better, and I do better with practice. I don't think mine has to do with the white background, but I do prefer book printed on warmer paper. What make the most difference for me is the font size.

    So, you may get used to it. If you don't, it's probably not worth getting a MBA. I can't imagine putting up with headache and nausea every time I use a computer. It's just a tool. If it doesn't work, try another tool.

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