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Couple days in and my new 1500 monitor has evaporated my eye balls!!!

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  • Couple days in and my new 1500 monitor has evaporated my eye balls!!!

    So I bought an LG 38GL950G monitor which is a top of the range IPS panel. It was default around 400nits and I used it for 2 days solid thinking wow what a vivid image but then my eyes just suddenly imploded and 2 weeks later there’s no respite despite me getting more sleep, improving diet and using eye drops! I reduced the brightness to level 18 instead of 75 and now it sits around 120nits which is the normal range! I doubt this impact would have effected a normal user in this way and it’s time I find out what on earth is going on!

    I moved house recently and set my office up with an adjustable standing desk, under desk treadmill and other stuff.

    My next steps with my severely limited knowledge:

    * Thyroid test since I have a variable thyroid (was overactive and had to take radioactive iodine to shrink it and render myself under active but take thyroid meds)
    * Visual stress test / colometry test / photophobia test (the brightness gave me all the systems of photophobia including chest pain) more here
    * get some new prescription lenses, try new eye drops
    * TBUT Tear breakup time test / Meibomian gland express
    * Consider IPL (intense pulse light) treatment by dryeye clinic in London
    * Eye exercises

    All I want to know is that the tears are forming correctly so I can isolate the room cause of things, I’m 41 and been a heavy PC user of the last 25 years so I guess this day was coming but it feels it’s been triggered from the light exposure so I’m wondering if that’s my main issue really. I do run business stuff at day and play games at night but neither are an option now; I’m even considering ways to totally avoid a career with computers but that’s just not feasible and digital is the safest place to be running a business these days!

    I'm In okay shape, don’t smoke or drink to excess and do exercise. In the last 7 years I’ve used a 24 inch Benq TN panel which I’d have thought was worse for eye strain and although I did have issues with this one too I was okay after getting some new prescription glasses and used a blue light software tool called iris.

    Ive joined here as the community seems really honest and friendly and I’m willing to give anything a go. It looks like you guys have been in my shoes and managed to get cured or manage the situation, I hope I can learn from your experiences so that I don’t have to give up my career pretty much.

    I’m in Leeds but not sure on who to see or the right tests to organise

    cheers in advance

    Yoda says hi!

  • #2
    Any suggestions guys?


    • #3
      Hello! So from what I can tell, you haven't actually been formally diagnosed yet? If that's the case, I would find a private dry eye specialist in your area. Forget the NHS, they're not great for stuff like this!

      I'm newly diagnosed (3 months ago) and I went to a place called BBR in Hereford (I live in Birmingham), and they did some diagnostic tests and diagnosed me with MGD. They've then created a treatment plan for me (eye drops, blinking exercises, warm compresses etc), and I've booked in with them to have IPL (first treatment is on Tuesday!).

      There's another Leeds lad on here orange86 perhaps he can help you with places to visit in the north!

      But the absolute first thing you need to do, is see a specialist!



      • #4
        As others have mentioned, please see a specialist if possible.
        They will be able to advise you whether your dry eye is caused by gland dysfunction, ocular irritation (irritants or allergies), blepharitis (irritated eyelids), bacteria/fungal, immune system related issues, meibum type (overly evaporative / too thick and clogging), or a specific nutrient deficiency.

        Likely medication they prescribe will be eye drops. But on inspection, they could advise a whole number of things. Typically, people with dry eye should take particular care with lid margins and use lid wipes as this can help glands from blocking or being irritated. If you have skin conditions, this may also have implications and assist in identifying an underlying cause. Good luck.


        • #5
          Hey guys thanks for the advice.

          I also have MGD and have my first IPL in Coventry on Tuesday. There’s a clinic actually in Birmingham who do IPL and the clinic also has Nick Dash who was voted the number one specialist in treating dry in 2017 but he’s not doing clinics atm it seems!

          I also have ocular irritation and taking hyco san dual eye drops with advise to use for 2 weeks and see a doctor otherwise, not sure on that or what the allergy is eyelids were red underneath he said.

          i do have dry skins under the knees and feet over the last couple years oddly and a variable thyroid

          hoefully I can resume working on monitors again soon



          • #6
            I'm a heavy computer/screen user too. Lots of visual work, like photography/videography, editing and things of that nature put strain on my eyes regularly.

            You might also want to check your refresh rate - increasing your refresh rate can relieve eye strain. I was accustomed to a 75Hz monitor years ago, then going to 60Hz took me a while to become accustomed to. Just the other day, a graphic card update caused my refresh rate to drop to 24Hz and it hurt my eyes. You might have to play with it to find the sweet spot.

            If you aren't doing anything colour critical, you could try using a night light mode. It warms the light of your monitor to prevent eye strain - it might be built into the monitor, but it's a common feature of Windows and MacOS these days.

            Dimming your screen or switching to a dark mode can also help alleviate eye strain wherever possible, especially at night.

            As simple as it may sound, increasing the scaling or changing the font size can prevent you from squinting at text and make it easier to see.


            • #7
              Just throwing my 2 cents in here, I do all of what you've said above (as well as installing a programme that reminds you to take regular screen breaks), and it makes a big difference to me!