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new macbook air eye strain

10319 Views 35 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2014 10:31 AM by Kwales66 RSS
  • Jim Chee Calculating status...
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    Apr 1, 2013 4:28 PM (in response to Rezberlin)

    I posted on this thread nearly a year ago (July 2012) when I first got my MacBook Air and felt like it was burning my eyes.  I've gotten "use" to it, but it does tire my eyes.


    I wondered if it was doing any damage, and I think the answer is yes.  Last year, before I got the MacBook Air I'd seen my eye doctor, and just saw her today.  She did a test last year for macular degeneration and my "level" was a healthy 48.  (Not entirely sure what that number refers to.) They like to see at least a 45. 


    Today my level tested at 38. Not good.  The primary change in my life in the past year has been the Mac.  Not saying it definitely caused this, but for example, people who work outdoor a lot can have problems with macular degeneration.  One suggestion is "Wear appropriate sunglasses outdoors to block UV and blue light that may cause eye damage."


    So, get your eyes tested.

  • candlewax48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 4:35 PM (in response to Jim Chee)

    i do hope this is corrected in their next model.   have you tried a 3m privacy filter ?    there does seem to be a distinct difference between the screen quality of 2011 and 2012 mba's. 2011 being much softer and easier on the eyes.

  • Jim Chee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to candlewax48)

    I am going to look into the 3m privacy filter and see if that helps.  I have an older Mac and it's definitely easier on the eyes. 


    I just wanted to be sure people were aware of the potential concern and get a macular degeneration test.


    Thanks for the suggestion.

  • azure8 Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2013 6:53 AM (in response to Jim Chee)

    I tried the 3M privacy filter on my sister's 15" unibody macbook pro and it didn't work for me.


    Though I'd wager it's worth trying since there isn't any other solution out there at the moment.

  • winter_tour Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2014 8:50 AM (in response to cadillaczak)

    I know I'm kind of late to the discussion but I've had the exact same issue and I've been able to simply solve it by installing f.lux, have it work also throughout the day and also cut the brightness in half.


    I had horrible headaches every day, it took me a while to find out where they came from but since I've made those changes -  nothing at all! Hope that helps :)

  • Kwales66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 12, 2014 10:31 AM (in response to cadillaczak)

    Not sure if this will help anyone but I use the Free App Called f.lux which reduces the blue light of the screen down to a lower flux level which can be adjusted to taste - Seems to help me

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