1. chaoserver
    Offline

    chaoserver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    3

    Writing hurts my eyes(on computer) anything like kindle for typing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by chaoserver, Dec 9, 2011.

    So I've been on a roll writing, trying to bag ten pages a day and then editing it each following morning and continuing. Thats all fine and good but unfortunately my computer screen proves to be brutal on my eyes. What do other people do to manage? I prefer typing to pen and pencil because it's going to need to be typed sooner or later, and my pages end up very hard to read from all the edits I make.
     
  2. bruce
    Offline

    bruce Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2009
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    0
    I set my display colors to white text against black background.
     
  3. minstrel
    Offline

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    8,725
    Likes Received:
    4,821
    Location:
    Near Los Angeles
    This is a good idea. I've been a professional computer programmer for a lot of my life, and this is how I set my colors. White on black is much easier on the eyes than black on white, at least when you're using a backlit display.
     
  4. JPGriffin
    Offline

    JPGriffin Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Is there any sort of study out on this? Because, if that's so, then I have a lot of default settings that I can swap out. I've been sticking with Black on White, but I'll do some experimenting in the meantime and let you know.
     
  5. Prophetsnake
    Offline

    Prophetsnake Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    411
    Likes Received:
    5
    I've had problems as well and I have not eliminated them, but I have done a few things to ameliorate them. One, I try to blink as much as possible, but of course i still don't do it enough, so I do moisten the eyes every now and again ( well once a day if I'm honest.) I have a pair of reading glasses i use in place of my varifocals just for reading the computer as well.

    I'm going to try this white on black, though. It's worth a shot anyhow.
     
  6. chaoserver
    Offline

    chaoserver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    3
    any idea how to go to this setting on win7?
     
  7. Ixloriana
    Offline

    Ixloriana Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    the internet
    What version of Windows 7?

    If you can find the window settings, any of the "high contrast" themes except "high contrast white" will be light text on a black background.
     
  8. AmyHolt
    Offline

    AmyHolt Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Warsaw, IN
    Just changing the font size helps or the zoom level of the document. But I'm anxious to try the white on black thing.
     
  9. MassThinker
    Offline

    MassThinker Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Scandinavia
    This is usually what happens to me the end of the night. I can't even see the text they just get blurry. You can't do much. I think you can buy some sort of "glas", wich you put over the screen. It saves the eyes alot I think.
     
  10. WriterDude
    Offline

    WriterDude Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2011
    Messages:
    738
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Icy cold wastes of Hell. Aka Norway.
    I use a white font on black background when I write, though a black background and a colored text helps too. It "blurs" the text a bit, so it's not so sharp and makes it easier to read. Just don't make it so dark you can't see anything. It also helps that I have 24" monitor and zooms the page so it touches the edge of the screen. It makes the text larger and easier to see.
     
  11. Jhunter
    Offline

    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011
    Messages:
    1,233
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Southern California
    I bought a 24 inch 1080p monitor to help me with this. I also have it zoomed in at 102%.
     
  12. Metus
    Offline

    Metus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2011
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Omega 4 Relay
    I'm not sure if your question has been answered, but something to look into is an Alphasmart. It's old tech now, but they're still for sale for only about $30 online. The newer models have a ton of memory space and battery life, given their lacklustre display and the fact that they're only good for writing. I own one. Unfortunately, it once deleted all of my data just randomly. . . so back up your work regularly on a computer if you buy one.
     
  13. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    computer screens have not been designed to protect your eyes.
    Technology needs updating in order to protect eyesight. A protective screen is needed that is harmless to the eye.
    I have not seen any around yet.
    If your eyes start to hurt I would definetely suggest you stop usingthe screen type for now and use a traditional type writer.
    It is for you safety because the eyes are sensitive.
    You need to take break/long breaks in between if you are using the computer.
     
  14. pinelopikappa
    Offline

    pinelopikappa Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Hellas
    Isn't there some kind of filter for screens, to make it easier on your eyes?
     
  15. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    I have not come across it yet.
    I believe computer screens can be tiring term to the eye if you are not careful.
    If you do type more then say an hour you need to take breaks or resort to the old fashion type writer.
    Wearing glasses is another way of protecting your eyes.
     
  16. Shifty
    Offline

    Shifty Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    I live in my head with my characters most of the
    Don't know if this has been suggested already but try turning the brightness settings on your monitor down.
    Your basically staring into a light bulb when your on a pc, makes mine hurt sometimes too, turned down the brightness which was on 100% to say 50% and made it much better.
    Also take a break when you can.
     
  17. psychotick
    Offline

    psychotick Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    315
    Location:
    Rotorua, New Zealand
    Hi,

    It may not be your eyes that are failing. I just replaced my two year old 22 inch screen because it fell over with a new one, and I can't believe the difference. The new one is just so much brighter. And they're quite cheap. In fact I'm now thinking I should have got the 24.

    Go down to the store and start shopping screens. Set them all to the same settings, font, brightness etc, and see if they make a difference.

    Cheers.
     
  18. Ixloriana
    Offline

    Ixloriana Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    the internet
    Found one, in case anyone is interested: NuShield glare-reducing screen cover.
     
  19. chaoserver
    Offline

    chaoserver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2007
    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    3
    That alpha thing looks freaking amazing, thanks!!!
     

Share This Page