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Eye problems with contrast on displays[lcd/oled]

I have been searching the internet desperately but have not found anyone with same issue.


I did not realize I had a problem till recently and it doesn't appear in real life or even on most monitors. I first noticed it with VR and kind of wrote it off but I've tried 2 HDTVs since then. When I view something that contrasts highly like pure white / pure black the point where it "blooms" together is 3d and more pronounced. Like the "bloom" will appear 2 feet from monitor. Its less about color contrast and more about blacks and something close close to white like a yellow light.


An example is: SONY in pure white on a pure black background the area where the white bleeds into the black will appear more then it should and closer then the screen. The black appears in the tv, the SONY appears in the tv, but the point where they meet does not. As you can imagine this leads to a good deal amount of eye strain/dryness/crappiness. I found that completely turning on lights can help but its still slightly "3D" and more prominent then should be. Not comfortable/ but manageable but I have lights blaring.



I have real shoddy vision without glasses but with them never had a problem with them. High prescription and a astigmatism in one eye I also made sure my glasses have anti-glare because at one point I thought that was part of the problem. I can read on my kindle all day or on my work monitor. I don't experience any issues like this during real life. Haven't noticed any of this till a little under a year ago. I have an appointment with a normal doctor in a week and then he will refer me to someone else from there but I am weeks/months out from hearing any kind of feedback/solutions if any.

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I have an appointment with a normal doctor in a week and then he will refer me to someone else from there but I am weeks/months out from hearing any kind of feedback/solutions if any.
And yet, you know that the only reasonable answer is going to come from a doctor, not from us. Going to see an ophthalmologist is your only real option to get answers.
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It definitely sounds like an optometrist question. When was the last time you had your prescription checked and had an eye scan?

With that said...I also have been performing similar subject area searches about eye strain relating to displays. I had noticed that when going from a plasma to a projection screen, my eye strain completely disappeared. I had kept my plasma at 15-20fL which seemed to rule out eye strain relating to brightness (something I kinda suspect is your case since you're raising the ambient level and alleviating it).

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And yet, you know that the only reasonable answer is going to come from a doctor, not from us. Going to see an ophthalmologist is your only real option to get answers.


It is but I was looking to see if anyone has heard about this. I am going but the fact that I can't find a single person in all the internet talking about anything similar is very discouraging. A bit afraid I will be ping ponged from specialist to specialist especially since I need to visit my pcp first.

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You know, in part, the answer. And you know that you need to go to an Ophthalmologist (not an optometrist).

Having said that, I am a guy that has had more eye surgeries than I can count. Numerous in each eye, including cataract correction in each eye. I notice that plasma is easier on my eyes than LCD. The best is our theater room with a 108" screen. That is because the screen covers a "goodly" percentage of my periphery, and I do not have that fried-retina response to a small bright screen "framed" with blackness (I am going to guess that you know what I mean). So with the B I G screen (set moderately on brightness), my eyes adjust to that level of light and there is little black contrasting border. That just is not possible with virtually any television screen. Of course, apparently for you, you might help yourself by having moderate ambient room light on, to reduce that ultra-contrasty difference between room and screen.
Very best of luck. Problem eyesight can really be a "stinker." I empathize.
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I had LASIK done back in 2008... to the tune of $1500 per eye. I hear it's like 90% less now.

I gotta say... if your eyes qualify... do it.

A painless procedure and without question the best money I've ever spent in this lifetime... corrected 20/200 to 20/20 and I watch all kind of TV and do VR without issues. Haven't donned a pair of glasses or contacts since.

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I had LASIK done back in 2008... to the tune of $1500 per eye. I hear it's like 90% less now.

I gotta say... if your eyes qualify... do it.

A painless procedure and without question the best money I've ever spent in this lifetime... corrected 20/200 to 20/20 and I watch all kind of TV and do VR without issues. Haven't donned a pair of glasses or contacts since.
I wish it was cheaper. If you have astigmatism greater than +/- 0.50 the price goes up a lot. It's about $2000 per eye where I live if you have astigmatism.

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I wish it was cheaper. If you have astigmatism greater than +/- 0.50 the price goes up a lot. It's about $2000 per eye where I live if you have astigmatism.

Cheaper than cataract surgery (w/ astigmatic/toric lens).
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If you haven't already.... try adding some backlighting (aka. bias lighting) to your TV.
This will certainly help with eyestrain and might help you out during those high contrast moments.
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If you haven't already.... try adding some backlighting (aka. bias lighting) to your TV.
This will certainly help with eyestrain and might help you out during those high contrast moments.
This helps me immensely. Put a table lamp behind the TV if you can. You want the light behind the screen so it does not cause reflections from the front. I use strip lights around the perimeter of the back of the TV Screen. But a simple table lamp will work. Great suggestion Jamiee!!

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