New Computer Hurting My Eyes


Our IT department have just upgraded our desktops to new higher spec desktops, however they did not change our monitors.

Our old machines were running Windows XP, and our new desktops are running Windows 7.

I never had a problem looking at the screen before with my old computer, however my new computer (same screen) is piercing my eyes. I have to look away every 30 seconds, and i'm seeing double of everything i look at and i get really blurred vision.

Has anyone ever experienced this before, or can they suggest anything to try?
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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
do you have a screenshot of it?

don't you able to adjust the monitor's sharpness, contrast and brightness accordingly? not to offend but do you have similar issues on other computer screens?
It may be that the new computer is not set to match the optimum resolution of the screen. Type "screen resolution" into the windows start menu and try a different resolution. Usually the best one to use is the highest resolution.
Sajid Shaik MSystem AdminCommented:

yes AKB is right as well you can adjust your Monitor screen Brightness and Contrasts as well  to reduce the strain on your eyes.

all the best
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oo7mlAuthor Commented:

No i've never had this problem on a screen before.

I have a Macbook on my desk too and that is so smooth, but when i change over from the Windows to the Macbook now, i have to wait a few minutes before the Macbook finally feels smooth again.

I feel that Windows 7 UI is really poorly designed... there seems to be so many distracting UI elements.

My screen is set to the highest resolution.

It's not a brightness issue... the fonts and UI components just seem really off.
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
perhaps is the screen refreshing rate causing the problem?

try read these articles for adjustment:

How to Change the Screen Refresh Rate in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Correct monitor flicker (refresh rate)
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
Here is a screenshot.

I've always found Windows 7 hard to look at on friend's laptops etc.

Does this look ok to you?

Sajid Shaik MSystem AdminCommented:
i be leave there is nothing is wrong in the Display or Resolution while you are comparing with the Mac
only the display colors on your Mac to windows 7 may vary in brightness and contrast... that's what you may feel uncomfortable..

please try to reduce the contrast - change the Brightness - adjust the screen Resolution to fit your requirements.

may be your screen resolution is not as per requirements.  or try to update display driver.

all the best...
If your group policies allow for that, you can change the settings of the display by selecting other themes etc. Right click an empty space of your desktop, then select "Personalize". You have all the options there.

If the group policies don't allow for that, get in touch with your IT personal and ask them whether they can give you a more suitable setting.
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
As i said from the start, i never had an issue with the screen it was attached to my old XP desktop.

My screen resolution is set to the highest too.

Does the screenshot look ok to everyone else, however i am also conscious that maybe a screenshot doesn't capture exactly what i see, as the screen display could be different than what is captured on a screenshot.
A screenshot is probably not as good as a photo. But I think it is more likely to do with the theme that may not not suite your particular comforts.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
with windows xp did you use the classic desktop or the colorful windows xp experience?
oo7mlAuthor Commented:
I was using the colourful setting
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
I have seen this issue and the only solution is to change the graphics card to another model...If you are using VGA connection then try to switch to DVI or seems lately that manufacturers don't care a lot about VGA and they are pushing HDMI....
My partner has this problem and we had to change his monitor to a digital TV.
His old monitor was a VGA and didn't handle the AERO of windows 7 correctly.
Then I adjusted the contrast on his TV and he nolonger gets sore eyes.
You could alter the display colours to more blue or pink in control panel ALL
 ( your Nvidia Control Panel) if you have Nvidia Control Panel.
Nvidia Control Panel

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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

I have two things to add:

1) your machine might have multiple ports at the back, e.g. VGA, displayport, DVI or HDMI. Try each one you have. We have new machines at work and someone plugged in the DVI but I have to configure the hardware and found DisplayPort was better.

2) 2nd and worth a try if it will help - ClearType might work. Type Adjust in the search field. It doesn't do much for me, but it must help some people!


PS: the screenshot you attached looks OK to me. The colour scheme is not that good for me but that's just my taste.
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