Some displays are killing my eyes

  La Giuggia 20:59 16 Aug 2018

Some displays are killing my eyes while other don't, please help me figure out why.

I've never had much problems spending a long time in front of monitors and televisions, writing, reading, gaming, watching movies, and so on, I did that during my whole life. Sadly, now my old laptop is dying, so I needed a new one. I bought a new laptop (an ASUS Vivobook 14 S406UA, the version with the better monitor with 1920*1080 resolution) but using it was a pain: burning eyes, pain around the eyes, headache, and I felt sick.

I googled a lot, I mostly found people talking about flickers and PWM that can be hard on the eyes, so I returned the laptop and bought another one that a review website (click here labels as flicker-free, the ASUS Zenbook 13 UX331UN. That gave me the same problems, so I thought that with time I could just get used to it, after 3 weeks the situation is preatty much the same and I feel constantly sick.

I thought I had problem with new led backlight monitors in general, while the old ccfl ones were ok for me, but I realized my old desktop monitor is also led backlight (At least that was I found out now googling for the spec, is an old Samsung BX2431) and I've spent hours everyday in front of it for years without any problems. That confused me and broke the premise that led backlight is, in general, the problem. So I really need your help to try to figure out what could be the feature that gives me problems in these monitors.

Displays that make me sick:

ASUS Laptop UX331UN ASUS Laptop S406UA (the model with the 1920*1080 monitor) LG Television 42LM660S (I owned this for a while, it gave me those problem, but I don't spend much time in front of it)

Displays that don't give me any problem:

ASUS Laptop X205T SAMSUNG Desktop Monitor BX2431

Can you find a feature common amongst the ones that make me sick that is different from the one I'm ok with? That could help me find a laptop that doesn't kill my eyes.

Thank you!

  lotvic 21:23 16 Aug 2018

Could be too bright for you, have you tried adjusting the display settings?

  Aitchbee 21:34 16 Aug 2018

Your first port-of-call should be to your local ophthalmic optician right away, to get the health of your eyes checked out for any underlying diseases like glaucoma.

  La Giuggia 21:36 16 Aug 2018

Sure, I adjusted the settings a lot, I tried with softwares which create hotter colors so they are easyer on the eyes and so on, but nothing is really working

  lotvic 10:25 17 Aug 2018

Then go to the Opticians to get your eyes checked is best advice.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:29 17 Aug 2018

maybe its a frequency problem have you tries raising the frequency (but not too much or the display may be out of range)

  Gordon Freeman 12:45 17 Aug 2018

If you're using win 10, have you tried activating 'night light' mode? It takes a lot of the screen sharp brightness away, & I find it an improvement.

  wee eddie 15:14 17 Aug 2018


  La Giuggia 16:20 17 Aug 2018

I've obviously already been to my optician, my eyes are fine and he tried to give me some eyedrop to help me get used to it, but that didn't help...

I uses asus splendid eyecare, who basically turned everything yellow, and I tried windows night light and f.lux, but nothing really helped...

The refresh rate is set to the maximum I can set it, 60hz, how can I raise it?

  wee eddie 16:28 17 Aug 2018

There is a possibility that the distance your eyes are from the screen, create the problem.

I have a special set of specs that I use only while using the computer.

Nothing fancy. I measured the distance that my face is from the screen and asked my Optician for a set with that focal length and in the cheapest frame available

  wee eddie 16:29 17 Aug 2018

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