Retina Headache

Discussion in 'iPad' started by KimMelton661, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. KimMelton661 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    I bought the iPhone 5 and noticed after I started using it that I was having headaches more often. The screen always seemed excessively bright to me, even when I lowered the brightness. I ended up going back to my 4s because I was getting horrible headaches from it. Would it be pointless for me to buy the iPad 3 since it's retina too? It sounds stupid im sure, but the screen really bothered my eyes.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I don't think anyone here can answer that question except you and/or your doctor.

    For me, my iPad [3] is just fine and I don't get any headaches from viewing it.
  3. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I'm sure the 4s has the same screen.

    Perhaps it's just the size that's causing you a problem?

    In which case you might find the same issue with an iPad. Have you tried using one in store to see?
  4. ebelp macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Like all iPhone models, you can adjust the brightness down to the point where it's almost completely dark, so I'm confused why you weren't able to find a tolerable level on your iPhone 5. Same with the can either make it really bright or really dark. Borrow a friend's and check it out.
  5. MR1324 macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2010
  6. AmyK macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2010
    What are you using it for when you get headaches?
    I suffer from migraines they are one of the reasons I don't want to part with my kindle, the backlighting on the ipad/iphone make it more of a trigger if I read for longer than a few minutes.

    With that I don't think that the 4S would be any better than the 5 for headaches, except that you already had the settings set the way you were used to.
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Your 4S is Retina as well.
  8. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    Yes, the iPhone 4S and 5 both have Retina screens, though the iPhone 5's is larger. I don't know if that would be enough to make it more likely to trigger headaches.

    Based on my own headache experience, two questions:
    1) Stress in your life?
    2) How's your blood sugar level?

    Good luck. Headaches are no fun.
  9. Scott2345 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2012
    The best advice I could give you is downgrade to a iPhone 1st Gen and a iPad 1, you won't have no more problems.
  10. KimMelton661 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Lots of stress, I had no clue the 4s was Retina, I feel dumb now.
  11. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    you're not dumb, just ignorant :D i kid
  12. KimMelton661 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
  13. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Both 4S and 5 are retina, but the screens aren't the same. The screen on the 5 have more contrast and color brightness. The 5 uses a new screen technology that makes the screen thinner than the ones on previous iPhones. The screen on the iPad 3 is more or less the same technology as the one on the 4S, so my guess is if you were all right with the 4S, you will be okay with the iPad 3. Now the new iPad 4, who knows which screen they used -- I guess we'll find out when people start getting hold of them. And I'm pretty sure the iPad mini, despite not being retina, also uses the same thin screen technology used in iPhone 5. Confused yet? :p
  15. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Even though it's a Retina screen, it's also a *different* screen and device. Lots of folks are sensitive to flickering screens interacting with flickering fluorescent lights. If your iPhone 5 usage is the same as the 4S and nothing has changed in your environment then I would suspect the iPhone 5 screen as possibly flickering even if it isn't noticable.

    Making some assumptions here to try and narrow it down: If you can, avoid using the iPhone 5 (if you still have it) around fluorescent or LED lighting and see if that helps. If you returned it, try a new one.

    I would definitely not avoid Retina screens from your experiences so far. If it turns out that Retina screens bother you no matter what the device, make sure you return while you can.
  16. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Turn off auto brightness and adjust the brightness to a very low level.

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