Potential eye issues with MBP Retina display

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Damian Newman, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Damian Newman macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2018
    I recently bought a new 2017 13 inch MBP. It's a great computer, but I suspect I may be having eye issues using the Retina display. Although I must add this: It's strange but I don't think I had any issues until I read online about others having problems - could this be a placebo affect?

    So, how has everyone else's experience been? Have you had problems or not?
  2. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    No problem for me. My 2018 15" MBP has the best screen I have ever used in a laptop.
  3. Damian Newman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2018
    That's good to hear!
  4. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    issues like what?

    thereis no ”retina displays”. it is not a technology, it is just a marketing term apple is using for certain resolutions. nothing special really...
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Its not a placebo effect, its called hypochondria ;) And really, if you think you have issues with your eyes, go to the doctor. It's not something to ignore.
  6. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    There’s no tech in the MBP retina panels to cause eye issues - they’re just standard IPS LCDs with a certain set of characteristics that makes them ‘retina’ in Apple marketing terms. Now if you were talking about the iPhone X/S/Max, then they use PWM screen dimming which can cause headaches in some people (goes for most other oled phones too) and also project IR dots which could have eye health implications, so it’s not unheard of for such displays to ship, but currently the MBP is free of any such thing.

    Perhaps the eye issues are because you’re using your new computer more than you previously were without realising?
  7. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    One thing that caused eyestrain to me was the uneven yellowing/magenta cast shown on every IPS retina display, but I'm now accustomed to it. Not every people note those (not so) subtle color biases.
  8. Damian Newman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2018
    Headaches, eye strain, eye floaters.

    I see. Thanks for clearing that up.


    Okay, that’s good.


    Nice to hear you’re accustomed to it now.
  9. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    I don't know if you wear glasses, but the symptoms you describe suggest astigmatism - struggling to focus, leading to headaches etc. If you're not wearing glasses then just go get your eyes tested by an optician. You could try increasing the resolution, the newer displays are by default set to a rather high resolution, which if you're used to a smaller one then it can take some time to adjust (System preferences -> Displays -> Resolution (Scaled)).
  10. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have astigmatism and find that for me, proper placement of the display is significant. Both height and distance (top of a display about eye level, etc.) also, not looking at it off-center. That said I was still having occasional issues and sometimes had to close one eye in order to not get the strain/headache/dizziness.

    My last visit to the optometrist he suggested that some people are more sensitive to the blue light than others and suggested that I try a pair of lenses with the blue light coating on the lenses. He said some people like the coating, others don't. In my case, it definitely helped. I purchased a couple of pairs of glasses, one with and one without. I find the coated helps my eyes at night with the headlight glare as well.

    The lenses are something to experiment with as well as with true tone and changing the color temperature. If you are doing something color critical, you may not want to change these, but when not, they can help. At least they did for me.
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Did you turn the brightness down? A lot of people (myself included) need to turn down the default brightness.
  12. Macbookprodude macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2018
    Is retina better for those with astigmatism ?
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You can get "any" results by searching the internet.
  14. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    My wife and I both have astigmatism. Neither of us have not found it to be the case wheee having retina is any better or any worse. I think proper positioning of the display in terms of height and distance is the bigger impact.

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