I don't know if what I am seeing was there before, if I had already noticed it before, I don't even know if I should mention this because I am really starting to think that focusing too much on the screen and trying to figure what is truly happening can really make you see things that you can no longer unsee and which will start to strain your eyes.
All in all what I have been experiencing so far is really solidifying my theory:
I think simply looking at a screen with very bad PWM or Dithering is gonna make your eyes notice them more, and then you can no longer unsee them. So I would advise if a screen is straining you, and you have a working alternative neither try to get use to the bad screen or pay too much attention to it trying to figure out the problem. Your eyes might become even more sensitive to the problem, or they might witness some other problem, and you might not be able to unsee it any more. Don't try to get use to it. Not only will you not be able to, but you might not be able to use the screens that you easily could have before either. Just quickly get rid of it.
I was reading more about pixel inversion and this is exactly what the site that had a test for it said too. Here's the exact lines:
"Avoid doing these tests if you’re sensitive to flicker.
Also – sometimes, ignorance is bliss. If you don’t notice any interlacing artifacts, these tests may point them out, and you might start noticing them in everyday use.
So, unless you’re just testing out a monitor or suspect that your monitor has too strong pixel walk that warrants an RMA, doing these tests may not be necessary."
In the past few days I have tried to leave home a lot more, and I think it massively helps. Having your brain have other thing to focus on is at least not gonna let the screens that work for you stop working for you.
If you think my theory might be true, and you have had the experience of going back to devices that used to work for you and not being able to use them, maybe don't read this part of my post!
Looking really close at my two LCD monitors, I can see all the pixels flicker, like some movie grain. I recall seeing this exact same thing on my moms Tab S6 Lite, which strained my eyes like crazy. It's like static noise on old TVs, every single pixel is doing it no matter what colour it's showing.
Could this be the source of eye strain? Could this even be dithering? machala Or probably it is bad pixel inversion? I do not dare to take the pixel inversion test to be sure. But I wonder if any of you have seen these too.
I can not see this on my only none-straining LCD smartphone, at least from the same distance I look at it as my monitors, and I don't dare look any closer because it is literally the only screen now that doesn't give me eye strain. I still am not fully comfortable with my gt 1030 card which never gave me eye strain after I put back in my GTX 970 which was wrecking my eyes. I don't know if it's still the lingering strain, or if something has really gotten messed up irreversibly simply by putting that card in. I have tried system restore, removing drivers and reinstalling them disabling dithering through any app there possibly is, but I am still feeling bad. Sadly I have been forced to constantly use my Galaxy Note 5 for many hours, so I think the pain is due to that because It is getting less and less though, and I hope it fades.
Oshim 99% of strain is how Windows draws the frames on your screen.
Don't look for the problem in the card or the drivers or your monitor!
Just try different versions of Windows until you hit your sweet spot. Mine was Win11 22H2 and I'm sticking to it forever!
I doubt that's the problem in my case. I have been using this Windows version with absolutely no strain until I put that wrecked GTX 970 in. It could be that each card might work better with a specific Windows version, but I literally gave up. Right now, I simply wanna be able to use my 1030 with no strain like before.