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Old 06-13-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommendations for computer monitors that are easier on the eyes of persons with PCS? LCD screens seem very irritating to my brain, and am wondering if there are other alternatives.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:39 PM   #2
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There is a software called F.Lux that allows you to change the intensity of your monitor. Here is a link https://justgetflux.com/
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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Flux won't stop the flickering, it's the fluorescent backlight.
Your best bet is to get a plasma due to price but a better option that would be available in smaller more appropriate sizes is oled or led, make sure they aren't edge lit as that's still fluorescent.
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:56 PM   #4
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Within flux there are even options just beyond taking the blue light out, like "darkroom" which makes the screen even easier to look at depending on what it is you're viewing. I only started using this a couple months ago, wish I would've found it much sooner.

Also, I just found that on iPhone's you can make them black and white by going to accessibility and turning on "greyscale". I think it's helped me at least.
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April 2014 - did exertion test, passed, started exercising and doing more, but didn't feel much better.

May 2014 - Went on backpacking trip OK'd by doctor, trip itself went fine, but felt worse a few days after getting back, more difficulty concentrating, worse headaches.

June 2014 - Bumped head on ceiling walking slowly down stairs, no immediate symptoms, but caused worsening headahces, more difficulty concentrating and looking at screens. Have not felt as good as I did before this since this bump.

December 2014 - after feeling relatively better I went xc skiing and fell but didn't hit my head (something my psychologist who specializes in brain injuries told me he hoped would happen so I saw it was OK), felt worse

Feb 2015 - back in grad school, light teaching load and some research, nowhere close to operating at my full capacity. Still have constant headaches, difficulty reading/looking at screens, mild anxiety and depression, and just not feeling like my normal sharp self.

Trying, but struggling, to believe that I'll get back to my old self, or at least get close.
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:24 PM   #5
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Check out different back lighting systems. There is fluorescent back-lit and LED back-lit. Here is a link to an LED back-lit LCD display http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...D-Backlit-LCD/
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:51 PM   #6
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I have been looking for a long time. I think I have finally settled on BenQ. Check out their website and their different little blue light, low flicker, etc. monitors. It seems they are different than any other monitor. Have not yet ordered one but I think I'm ready to take the plunge. I have been told to avoid Apple retina computers.
Good luck. Every little thing we do to take brain load off can help!
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:33 PM   #7
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Just a thought.

Have you experimented with a CRT (Tube) monitor ? Some have onscreen programming that allow you to adjust refresh rates and color temps, etc. Electronic recycling collection centers often have plenty to choose from.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:49 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Mokey View Post
I have been looking for a long time. I think I have finally settled on BenQ. Check out their website and their different little blue light, low flicker, etc. monitors. It seems they are different than any other monitor. Have not yet ordered one but I think I'm ready to take the plunge. I have been told to avoid Apple retina computers.
Good luck. Every little thing we do to take brain load off can help!
I have pcs and have been struggling to get continued improvement. Screen time is difficult but it's my job, so I'm looking at better monitors, computer glasses (will be picking up Gunnar Sheadog glasses from Best Buy today), and anything else to make screen time easier.

Questions:
-Did you end up buying the Benq monitor? If so:
-Was it helpful?
-Do you know what the model # was?
-Has anyone else had success with Benq or other brands?
-I've read briefly that e-reader style monitors may be beneficial, but they appear to be expensive. Has anyone tried one of those?

I'm new to this and wasn't sure whether to revive this old thread or start a new one. If there is a best practice around this, let me know. Thanks for any help.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:33 PM   #9
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Hi! I was diagnosed with photophobia (eye sensitivity to light, esp. computer screens!), and nothing was helping. But I did some searching online and came across these glasses made specifically for this problem. They are called Theraspecs, and I bought both an indoor and outdoor pair. **. They really, truly help. I can look at computer screens now! Best money I ever spent.
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Hi! I was diagnosed with photophobia (eye sensitivity to light, esp. computer screens!), and nothing was helping. But I did some searching online and came across these glasses made specifically for this problem. They are called Theraspecs, and I bought both an indoor and outdoor pair. **. They really, truly help. I can look at computer screens now! Best money I ever spent.
Thanks Holl, I will try those.
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