Does your LCD's backlight hurt your eyes?

jEct2

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I used a 17" CRT @ 85 hz. I could use it for super-extended hours playing games, working, and etc.

I now upgraded my monitor to 19.1" LCD. It is a beaut but my eyes seem to hurt a lot only after 2-3 hours.

My eyeballs start to throb, then I start to get migrane followed by nasea. This doesn't particularly involve gaming...

Does this happen to you?

Before my settings were 70 brightness, 80 contrast
I reduced to 60 and 70
Now I reduced it again to 50 and 45. :(

The LCD's refresh rate is a healthy 75hz by the way.

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I don't want to turn them down too low because the color vibrance start to take a hit.
 
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It never really hurt my eyes (2005FPW here), but I have turned the brightness all the way down - I used to have it as high as it would go (since that was the factory default).

Edit: Note that there isn't a whole lot of difference between 0 and 100 though, on my monitor at least
 

NikPreviousAcct

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Maybe your monitor is too close to your chair for the size? Turn the brightness down even more? Maybe get one of those brightness shields that hang over the front of the screen?
 

Mo0o

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When I first got LCDs they felt too bright but eventually I got use to them and I will never go back.
 

Cheezeit

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Originally posted by: Nik
Maybe your monitor is too close to your chair for the size? Turn the brightness down even more? Maybe get one of those brightness shields that hang over the front of the screen?

omg nik I thought you weew gonna post a link to the video section

:p ;)
 

jEct2

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Originally posted by: Nik
Maybe your monitor is too close to your chair for the size? Turn the brightness down even more? Maybe get one of those brightness shields that hang over the front of the screen?

From my chair, if I extend my arm. I can barely touch the screen at the tip of my finger. I think that's a good distance.
 

misle

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I've never had that problem, but my brightness is at 0. I'm using a Dell 2005 too.

Using CRT's, my eyes were always blood shot so I like the change to LCD.
 

Baked

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Here's a thought, open the fricking window blinds. Or turn on the lights in your room.
 

NikPreviousAcct

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dds14u

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Originally posted by: jEct2
Originally posted by: Nik
Maybe your monitor is too close to your chair for the size? Turn the brightness down even more? Maybe get one of those brightness shields that hang over the front of the screen?

From my chair, if I extend my arm. I can barely touch the screen at the tip of my finger. I think that's a good distance.

How long are your arms?
 

Rock Hydra

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On my laptop, it only hurts when I play games. At that resolution, I can only set the refresh rate to 60. So, that's what I imagine is causing the eye strain.
 

dighn

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when I first got my LCD I found it way too bright so I turned down the brightness by a lot. no problem so far

edit: oh I turn on the lamp by the monitor when it's dark in the room, that heps too
 

mercanucaribe

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Originally posted by: Baked
Here's a thought, open the fricking window blinds. Or turn on the lights in your room.

Try this if your room is dark. I know a lot of people who like to have the room as dark as possible, but it irritates my eyes and depresses me.
 

Zontor

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I think most LCD's use cold cathode backlighting (fluorescent) - they flicker to some degree or another and some people notice it....do other LCD monitors bother you or fluorescent lights at work bother you?
 

LiekOMG

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I have the same problem. I never had a problem with my old Samsung Syncmaster, but even this ancient SGI LCD seems ultra bright and hurts my eyes after an extended period of time. I would turn the brightness down but then the colors don't look right.