Hello to all,
I've been reading this forum for some time and I think it's time to introduce myself.
I am a 30 year old boy and I write from Europe. Like many of you, I have been using computers and electronic devices for many years, ever since I was a child. I often read that many of you have had medical examinations for these eye fatigue and headache problems caused by electronic devices without getting results. I also read that you often don't wear glasses and you don't have any other major health problems.
my story is a little different. I've been wearing glasses to see from afar (I'm a bit short-sighted and astigmatic) since I was 15. up to the age of 20, no problem. at about 21 years old I started suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, chronic neck pain, postural dysfunction. from that moment I started having trouble tolerating glasses because glasses made my neck pain worse and I felt dizzy wearing them. but all of these disturbances were unaffected by the lights or screens of electronic devices and have improved slightly over time.
My problems with lights started a few years ago when LEDs became popular. initially I felt bad in shopping malls or supermarkets, then slowly I realized that even at home where I had the old incandescent or halogen or CCFL bulbs I felt much better than in the rooms where I had the LEDs. now fortunately I was able to find some LEDs that were tolerable for me (Philips vintage 2200K).
however I never had any problems with screens. I used my iphone 6 with ios 10, a desktop pc with windows 7 and drivers not updated for years and an old ipad always with ios 10, all without problems.
Then I bought a low-performing acer aspire 1 with intel video card and windows 10 that I sometimes used without problems. I never would have thought that a screen would have created the inconvenience of artificial led lights.
we are in spring 2020. due to the covid lockdown, spending a lot of time at home, I no longer wore glasses, because I used to wear them only outside, to drive and things like that. watching many TV series with subtitles in that period without glasses I often squinted, as if to focus, to be able to read (people with myopia will understand me).
also in spring 2020 I bought a new notebook and my problems began. i basically bought a new hp pavilion gaming with nvidia gtx 1650 for 3D and a radeon video card for 2D use.
just turned on, already during the configuration, I felt a strong sense of discomfort in the eyes, headache and dizziness. I have never been able to use it, instead my family can use it without problems. I could not understand why the acer screen, probably of lower quality and with pwm, did not give me problems, while this new notebook did. then I tried to connect this hp notebook with an HDMI cable to the samsung screen that I used with the desktop pc without problems. result: slightly better but still unusable. I couldn't understand why. Logically, the problem could only be the screen.
One hypothesis I had initially thought about the problems with the new notebook was the screen, which was full Hd while the acer aspire 1 was hd. but even the old desktop with windows 7 and samsung screen was full HD and didn't give me any problems. the second hypothesis concerns electrosmog or my personal intolerance to electromagnetic waves, but it does not seem to me a probable idea.
I was thinking I was crazy. then luckily I found this forum, I read, I realized that the problem can also be software, which can depend on the operating system and many other things. I still haven't been able to solve the problem on this notebook, but at least I know I'm not crazy. unfortunately now, I don't know why, even the acer aspire 1 with windows 10 (it's a slightly older version than the hp but still later than 1511) started giving me problems, much less than the hp but however it is not comfortable, even with dithering.exe software. I think I put too much strain on my eyes trying to read on TV without glasses. I should find someone competent to do a new eye / optometry visit, but it's not easy these days.
In summary, these are the devices I can now use:
- my iphone 6 with ios 10
- the old ipad with ios 10
- the old desktop with windows 7 and CCFL monitor
- macbook pro mid 2010 that they lent me
Now I have exhumed an old HP with windows 7 already installed (led screen) that I haven't turned on for years and I would like to test it to have a notebook that is usable.
thank you for reading me up to here and I appreciate any suggestions you want to give me.