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April 27, 2010

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Pam Walter

Depending on what I'm reading, some things are OK to put down after 20 minutes. :o) http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

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My issues is more with the sunlight readability than the eye strain. I tend to read a lot on the deck in the summer and the eink is perfect for that. If they had a color display that worked in the sun as well as eink then I would probably change over.

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Some people are sensitive to LCD light and i'm one of them, despite the good professor denying it happens :). I had a headache for over 6 months after starting a new job. I had always used computers often so it was perplexing why I couldn't suddenly without strain. I tried exercising my eyes/breaks/posture changes, yoga sessions to relax, computer glasses and eye exam, and even went as far as getting an MRI in case their was a problem in my brain. Finding no solution my "doctor" declared I had migraines and would need medicine for life.
Not happy with that solution I thought hard about what could have changed and realized I had always used CRT monitors before my job. I never considered LCD monitors were bad because they are supposed to be better for you. So, I purged all backlit LCD displays from my life and within 2 weeks felt much better. The biggest thing I learned is that you need to trust your own body over the advice of so called professionals. If it wasn't for my own questioning of authorities I would have to pop pills my whole life. So it's great that the quoted professor has no problems with back lights, but it's pure BS that everyone is.

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20 minutes is certainly not a realistic time frame for reading, Now I dont seem to have much eye starin issues but I have noticed my vision getting worse over the years.. I thought it was perhaps age but now I start to wonder..

It' a bit frightening to think about

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I cannot blame my back lit monitor for my deteriorating vision any more than I can blame my car for my cardiovascular health.

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Thank you very much for your very thoughtful and considered comment. I approach the journey in very much the same way as you've described yours.

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