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I've already been to the opthalmologist, had a CT scan and all kinds of testing which revealed nothing more than Dry-Eye.

It makes no difference how far I am from any such monitor, it tires my eyes out so badly that I eventually get a headache and it takes days of non-viewing to recover. The doctor said it's all just dry eye, but he is wrong. Even with copious amounts of eye drops (Restasis and several others), there is no effect at all on the discomfort.

I can watch a regular tube (CRT) TV with no problem, whatsoever, and for any length of time. I'm sure this is a syndrome that doesn't have much study behind it, but it is real and I have had to give away all of my flat-screen TVs because I cant watch them. Even if I surf the net with my Iphone, after 10 minutes or so, the discomfort starts up.

Here are my basics:

Male,
45-years old;
I have presbyopia but only need 125's;
Otherwise my vision is incredibly good. I can read freekishly small print from great distances;
In otherwise great health. 5'10/165 lbs; cholesterol is 119 (3 months ago).

PLEASE!!!! Someone help me with this!

Thank you!
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replied July 4th, 2009
re: Plasma TV and vision issues
So that I'm not prejudiced, I only read the body of your article. I bought an early plasma TV began seeing huge showers of square blue pixels after I rubbed my eyes after I got the Plasma TV, which ended up in a landfill because there was no hazmat site for it here in portland, oregon. My doctor said I had dry eyes but declined to prescribe restasis. I am a high myope who hasn't worn contacts in 20 yeaers or so, and have aspheric plastic 1.67 lenses in my glasses, progressive, I'm 53, and have astigmatism. I sometimes see blue edges around mercury-vapor lights at night, but not since adapting to the progressive lenses. The problem was a LOT better a year after trashing the TV, but I limit my time around my plasma iMac display, and use a VGA wireless mouse and keyboard in the other room most of the time. I'm not sure if the much-improved blue pixel issue is resolved yet but it's much better; I still work at the iMac periodically and still do get blue pixellation a bit if my eyes are strained (remember the lens hardens with age). The problem DOES NOT seem to happen with LCD TBs or flourescent displays.
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replied November 17th, 2009
Maybe if you make sure the tv LCD isn't too big for the room... many people get 50 and 60 inch tvs thinking it will go good in a 15 foot room which is just silly and dumb. Also if you do have a responsible size LCD like 32inch or 27 inch then you could also try adjusting the gama, brightness and contrast to lower levels. It will save energy and help your eyes.
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replied April 19th, 2010
New Screens Problem
Dear All,

I can''t watch plasma tv, i can''t use my iphone, I can''t play with my xbox!

I have the same symptoms as you guys.

Write me to discuss this issue.

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replied October 18th, 2012
LCD and Plasma screens dramatically worsen Dry Eye Syndrome pain
I have dry eye syndrome which is said to be an auto-immune disorder causing chronic inflammation. Watching any of the newer TVs, PC screens and smart phones cause even MORE aching, pain and discomfort to my eyes, no matter how many eye drops I use. It's overwhelmingly painful as the rest of you have described. I also feel burning in my throat and lungs. I've gotten rid of the LCD TV and found some used 13" Tube TVs about 5 years old. Even they cause my eyes to feel dryer and hurt, but it's much less than the larger TVs. I even bought a 32" wide screen 1080 HD-equivalent Tube TV before they stopped making tubes thinking it was only an LCD and Plasma problem, but it hurts my eyes, burns my lungs and has a strange electrical odor, too, so it's in the garage. It must be in part higher radiation levels in these newer TVs and monitors. Also, it could have something to do with the components made in China out of different materials (that outgas when heated) than were used years ago. The reason I say this is because I'm sitting in front of my 10 year old 15" Tube monitor, and it does not hurt my eyes at all, but the 13" Tube TV in the den that's 5 years old does burn my eyes.
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replied June 22nd, 2010
Eye strain/dehydration relation
When it comes to dry eyes, the first thing to check is that you have absolutely no aspartame (Equal) in your diet as it dries out all the mucous membranes -- plus if you're on any medications that also cause dehydration they will also affect your eyes. Our eyes and brains need to maintain about 92% water in order to be healthy.
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replied June 26th, 2010
Eyes pain using video panels!
Hi Guys, I have the same problem since three years. I sold my IPhone, my tv and also now I can't even use some new mobiles. I have headache, pain in my eyes and I have to sleep to recover in few days. I am sure this problem is due to some frequency of the panels which disturbs our eyes.


bye


Max
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replied June 26th, 2010
Eyes pain using video panels!
Hi Guys, I have the same problem since three years. I sold my IPhone, my tv and also now I can't even use some new mobiles. I have headache, pain in my eyes and I have to sleep to recover in few days. I am sure this problem is due to some frequency of the panels which disturbs our eyes.

Add me on skype to further discuss this issue.

maximilianitaly

bye


Max
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replied June 26th, 2010
Eyes pain using video panels!
Hi Guys, I have the same problem since three years. I sold my IPhone, my tv and also now I can't even use some new mobiles. I have headache, pain in my eyes and I have to sleep to recover in few days. I am sure this problem is due to some frequency of the panels which disturbs our eyes.

Add me on skype to further discuss this issue.

maximilianitaly

bye


Max
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replied September 2nd, 2012
pain using computers , tv etc
same problem with u max.
ive been to a lot of doctors with countless tests even ive done MRI just to check there is nothing wrong in my head but all proved infertile. ive been experiencing this pain for the past 5 years and none of the doctors ive been to seems to know the problem. i cant use my laptop to do my assignmemts at school or home. as max said, the only thing which reduces it a little bit is to sleep but sleeping too could be difficult because there is no way you could sleep with this "excruciating pain" very painful especially the right eye. my whole day mess up each time i experience the pain. sometimes it comes in the middle of the night and i cannot sleep till day break . it is as if someone ifs plugging my eye balls out and the pain extends to the back of my head too. plse we need help doctors. There can be some kind of research or something on this.
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replied October 12th, 2012
There is a study that could relate LED light to eye problems
I have found a study where they have investigated the effects of the LED light in mices, wondering if that could be related to the problem. The title of the study is "The Influence of Low-powered Family LED Lighting on Eyes in Mice Experimental Model", the link to the DOC is http://www.lifesciencesite.com/lsj/life090 1/072_8366life0901_477_482.pdf . I have heard that lifescience would be one of the most respected publishers in the scientific area.
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replied June 26th, 2010
Eyes pain using video panels!
Hi Guys, I have the same problem since three years. I sold my IPhone, my tv and also now I can't even use some new mobiles. I have headache, pain in my eyes and I have to sleep to recover in few days. I am sure this problem is due to some frequency of the panels which disturbs our eyes.

Add me on skype to further discuss this issue.

maximilianitaly

bye


Max
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replied February 6th, 2011
Eye display disconfort
Hi guys I'm an italian boy and I've the same problem as you. I'm disperated. I can't use Lcd, Plasma and new computer but only old crt. My oculist don't understan my problem and speaks about dry eye.
i think we have to create an association. There are othger cases (see for example here http://www.cloanto.com/users/mcb/19960719l cd.html). If we are lots of people we can ask to doctors to untertand and solve our problem. Or we could force diplay maker to create special display similar to older ones (I could use old the first color Lcd that have soft light). If we don't do anything we weill be digital divided!

Now I'm hoping that new color e-paper could solve my problem but I don't know untill they are in the market and I try them.
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replied April 9th, 2011
red veins in eyes from lcd tv
My wife and sons get red veins in their eyes after watching a sharp aquos. their eyes become irritated, sensitive to light, and at times get headaches. I have played with the brightness, color and other things but nothing works.
Any suggestions
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replied May 18th, 2011
it's hard to give suggestion, this is a proble with dangerous effects on work, so we must do something!
I think we have to cooperate to make this problem recognized by oftamologist.
The tv and screens akers must know this problem y produce screens with no irritant frequency (or brightness) like the old crt ones whit wich we dindn't have problems.
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replied July 11th, 2011
Oh my gosh, I have been searching online for something/someone to help my 10 year old son who has been suffering from daily headaches for going on 4 years now! He has seen every specialist in every field and no one can help him. I am sooo frustrated! He has been to optometrist, opthamologists, vision therapy, neurologists, blood tests, MRI, medications, etc, with no results...
He gets headaches from watching tv (after only 5 minutes!), computers, looking at white paper, being in a room with flourescent lighting. So far, I have eliminated his headaches at school by researching something called "Irlen Syndrome" and he now has individualized tinted glasses he wears at school that helps when he looks at his schoolwork. But unfortunately it does NOT help with computers or TV! UGH, so frustrating. Doctors do not seem to understand, and want to medicate him and just diagnose him with migraines, but I know it is related to his eyes being "hypersensitive" to light or motion. Oh, he also gets really bad headaches just being in a car for five minutes. He said "seeing the cars moving around gives him a headache." So I know his eyes are just really hypersensitive to motion or something, right? I need some help but these doctors with their PhD just arent helping.??
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replied August 9th, 2011
Sore eyes - headaches - solved with heavy duty sunglasses.
I have found that wearing sunglasses helps me.

Like a dose of non irritated eyes freedom. outdoors and inside. Try it.

I worked all day with LCD's just fine(on low brightness setting) But when someone "upgraded" me to Plasma display. I started getting what felt like a sunburn on my eyes. Then nearly a constant headache. Started wearing sunglasses at work(Heavy duty super dark, completely eye covering, not fancy stylish useless ones) sunglasses like I used to wear while lifeguarding in the sun all day, glacier glasses. My eyes were immediately more comfortable. headaches went away and every part of me is more comfortable and happy. wierd.
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replied September 24th, 2011
Widescreen Tv hurts eyes
Well, you're all right--and we are not nuts. Here's my
story. Up until a month ago I'm cruising along just fine, eye-wise. Then I bought a widescreen LCD-LED
Tv to replace my old CRT. Big mistake. Very first night of watching and my eyes hurt like hell; sore,
dry, even popped a red spot on the white in one eye.
Didn't watch for 3 days--everything went back to normal. Thought the solution was a plasma so I replaced
the LCD. Nope, same thing. First night with plasma
eyes ached with pain, soreness; especially the hours right AFTER I quit watching. So I went to eye doctor.
He said I have "dry eyes," gives me Sustane. Now I'm
optomistic. Big mistake. Go home, put in drops,
watch TV (only a little), eyes start hurting! Even though they're FILLED with drops. THEY'RE NOT DRY--
THEY"RE DRIPPING WET! The rest of my family thinks
I'm some kind of hypocondriac. But my eyes don't hurt
at the computer (small LCD screen) or at the regular
movies (big screen). WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Well, off I go to look for an old used CRT TV in want ads. Wish me luck.
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replied October 29th, 2012
i am doing the exact same thing...looking for regular old style tvs. never had a problem with any other tv in my life until i bought a LCD. my mom came over nd she said the same thing. it hurts my eyes and it takes a while to adjust again after using the tv. i cant watch them. people are not nuts, these tvs are horrible and no one should be looking at this blinding light. my small computer doesnt bother me much. i too have dry eyes but regular tvs do not bother me. these tvs could cause eye damage. i hope they decide to make crt tvs again it would help so many of us.
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replied January 8th, 2013
HD TV !!!
Yeah, good luck!
You didn't mention if you have any congenital problems with your eyesight but your eyes' response to the new fngled televisions sound pretty much the same as mine! I have astigmatism and the way things have panned out recently I'd be very happy to stay with an old analog model TV but here, in eastern spam unapproved, the analog signal is being discontinued as of Dec. 2013. Great!
Yor post on this site is over a year old. I'd be interested to hear of any gratifying developments regarding TV and your eyesight since then!
Otherwise, all the best!


J4Joey - Sydney, spam unapproved.
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replied September 29th, 2011
I have the same problem.
Hello,
I have this same problem. I bought an LCD TV and watched it for a week and got eye strain.
Now I don't buy lcd or plasma tv's. I can watch tube tv's with no problem at all. But unfortunately they don't sell them anymore so I am forced to either buy the used ones or pick them up from the trash.
I think it has something to do with the technology. LCD and Plasma.. you stare at the light source. While with a cathode ray you are not staring directly at a light..

I'm a female in 30's who wears contacts...
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replied October 29th, 2012
its the tvs. i took mine back and looking 4 older ones i guess ill have to stock up on them or i wont have a tv. i wish they would still make regular tvs. it cant be safe if it causes headaches, red eyes, watering eyes, burning, blurry vision, etc. what does that tell them when people have to buy sunglasses to watch them!? they might look nice but only when theyre shut off lol.
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replied November 18th, 2012
I have been suffering with severe headaches, eyes hurt, miagraine, it always starts when watching tv, using Apple Mac or my iPhone, the lights of these hurts my eyes very quickly, I have turned the brightness down but now have resorted to wearin sun glasses to watch tv or use pc and phone. People think I making this up but I can't handle the pain I suffering anymore and sun glasses bring small but welcome relief.
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replied September 2nd, 2012
This problem and monitor solutions are described on my site.

The eye pain is mostly due to flicker.
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replied September 5th, 2012
Google "vasyafromukraine" to find my site. It has many solutions to this.
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