Hello dear Macpoweruser community
After lurking these forums for quite some time (and having learnt a lot from your expertise – thank you so much!), my first post here unfortunately is a question that is concerning me for quite some time.
Although I love almost everything on the Mac side much more than on Windows, I experience severe eyestrain / fuzzy eyesight, drowsiness and headaches when reading / writing longer texts on my Macs. This does not happen to me on windows (or Ipad), and it’s driving me crazy.
Do any of you also experience more eyestrain when using Apple computers than when using Windows (or Android / Chromebooks / Ipads etc.)?
I hugely prefer OSX to Windows. I’ve made the switch several years ago, and all in all, the experience has been great (I own several Macbooks, Ipads, and an Imac). My work as a teacher and researcher as well as my hobbies (reading, writing, making music) let me stare several hours a day into a computer screen.
On Windows computers or my Ipad (also Android phone), I can do that for hours nonstop without any problems. But when using Macs (16 and 12 inch Macbook, Imac Retina), I get blurry vision and severe eyestrain within minutes. Often, this is so severe that I am not able to focus anymore on the texts I have to read and write.
I tried to research this topic – the internet is full of similar user experiences, but there seems to be no conclusive answer, and many brush this off as “psychosomatic” or psychological, which it clearly is not.
I’ve tried all the advices, including:
- Only use the properly scaled screen resolutions (as down- or upscaling introduces some blurriness)
- Playing with all the contrast settings
- OSX seems to fundamentally differ from Windows in the way it renders / “smoothens” fonts (antialiasing). Thus, I’ve turned antialiasing off with the terminal (there used to be a setting for that, but they removed it). I notice a small difference, but insignificant.
- Using flux / night mode to filter blue light (does not seem to be the culprit, as the problem persists, and I do not have these eye problems with Windows machines even without blue light filters).
- I’ve also tried foils to get a “matte screen”, but the problem persists (and I do not have it on Windows computers even with glossy screens).
- The problems does also not seem to be related to pixel density, as even more “low resolution” screens on Windows machines are much more easily readable for me than the retina displays on Macs.
- Strangely, reading on Ipad is much better.
The thought of going back to Windows gives me shudders, but on the other hand I do not want to risk my eyesight, and very concretely I am almost not able to write longer articles / books on my Macs.
So I tried to migrate most of my work to an Ipad pro, but this does not really work (no proper file system, lack of critical desktop applications, integrating the Ipad into the equation brings a lot of trouble and complex workflow issues – I’ve recently realized that probably half of the topics posted on this forum stem from trying to seamlessly integrate iOS devices into a Mac-centric workflow ;).
I am really rather desperate and even considered a radical “digital detox” strategy, but in reality, it is simply not a viable option to read / write / mangle data without computers and modern software.
Before “giving up” it occurred to me that such a question is probably better asked in this forum than on some other places where people are less technically literate / powerusers.
So, in case somebody has made similar experiences I would be very thankful for your thoughts (or even better: solutions ) – thank you very much!
- In case you also have these eyestrain issues: how do you deal with them? Was it enough to migrate to another operating system?
- Move to Ipad for as much as possible and just accept / live with the added complexity / inconveniences?
- Just give up and go Windows?
Best regards and a big “thank you”
P.S. I hope that the above has made clear that, although I am clearly whining, I am in no way trolling or dissing Macs or anything like that – on the opposite, I genuinely would like to find a solution that allows me to further use this beloved apple ecosystem