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Help! iMac screen hurts my eyes!

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fstop07 Calculating status...
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Oct 27, 2010 9:41 AM
Just upgrade from my macbook pro laptop to a 27" iMac. I love it but after even a few minutes of using it, my eyes begin to hurt. And when I look away from the computer, my vision is a little blurry. My eyes have been fatigued for a few days now because of this. I have perfect vision and never had trouble looking at computer screens before. I've tried adjusting the brightness, the display settings, changing the lighting in my office, everything!

Can anyone recommend a good solution for me? Maybe an aftermarket glare protector?

iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • nachdenki Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Oct 27, 2010 11:01 AM (in response to fstop07)
    so this even happens on the lowest brightness setting? that's really weird. I think an anti glare protection might help, it reduces brightness and color of a screen
    Macbook and iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 13'' Late 2008 and 27'' i7 Mid-2010
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    Oct 27, 2010 11:13 AM (in response to fstop07)
    It could be because your eyes are straining to see the smaller fonts? If that is the case, have you tried taking down the resolution by one notch. I did that by going to System Preferences -> Displays and changing it to 1920 x 1080. That helped, but still wasn't quite enough for me, so I went to Finder -> View (top menu bar) and changed the text size to 14 (other choices are available). I also changed the minimum text sizes in my browsers, Mail, etc.

    If you haven't tried any of those, give them a try and see if that helps.
    27" 3.2 GHz iMac i3, 4 GB RAM, 13" white early '09 MB,, Mac OS X (10.6.4), LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie d2 Quadra ext HD , Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,400 points)
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    Oct 27, 2010 12:11 PM (in response to fstop07)
    Hello Fred

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities

    Before you buy plastic film or something to stick over your Display, there a are a couple of other free things that you should try first.

    1. Shades >
    +Shades is also great if your working in a dimly lit room.+

    2. Selecting and/or Calibrating a darker Display Profile.

    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano
  • cbcsvd Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2010 4:05 AM (in response to fstop07)
    Also have a look at this discussion on the same topic, open since 2008:


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