Like a few others on this site I have had convergence/eyesight issues since birth. I have always had some discomfort reading books (due to strabismus+amblyopia) however not ‘strain’ as such.
I’ve been on computers since the days of the Amiga and Windows 3.1. I also spent hours on the consoles of the time (SNES) via CRT and never had problems. Like many kids of the time the TV never switched off!
I was using computers for hours at a time for years, hence why I naturally progressed into an IT role.
The first telltale signs for me was any Linux distro - even trying Knoppix live back in 2004 had some strain - any Windows PC on any hardware combination was 100% strain free. I never used Macs so would be interested to know at what point Macs became unusable for most?
I noticed the issues when I got my first LED monitor in 2011, however was connected to a ‘good’ pc so not unusable.
At this moment in time I can’t use any Apple computer, I wanted to do a music production course however since every creative arts educator uses Mac, I can’t go forward and do it. Any modern workplace is now going to be on Windows 10, introducing this extra compositing and ‘bad’ drivers. You can’t even use past OS for modern CPUs without lack of some core drivers. Linux could still be a solution but have never found a comfortable setup for Linux.
I am unemployed at the moment but I am seriously considering a dramatic lifestyle / career change. I’m not going to invest in technology that could get good and then bad again in 10 years time.