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Computer Programmer with Chronic Migraines

I’ve had migraines for as long as I have memory. They have varied from one every other month to three or four per week.

Being a computer programmer, I am on the computer 8 to 10 hours on a decent day of programming. I’ve used all kinds of display technology.

The old CRT monitors weren’t that bad as long as you kept a high enough refresh rate. I had the least amount of headaches on a standard LCD monitor. I think the quality of the monitor makes a big difference. The more expensive monitors will generally tend to give me less headaches.

A year ago I switched to an LED backlit monitor thinking that would help my headaches. It’s actually made them worse. LED monitors use Pulse Width Modulation to control brightness. This makes a more noticable flickr than standard LCD monitors and will cause more eye strain and headaches. I’m going to be switching back to my old LCD and seeing if that makes a difference.

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Comments

  • David Good
    7 years ago

    I just noticed these replies to my post. If you are interested in more information, please sign up for this site and send me a message. I don’t think I’m allowed to post links and things on here. If your monitor was made in the last few years, it most likely uses pwm whether it is lcd or led. It’s just a better way to brightening and darkening the screen accurately. You can find older monitors that don’t use this method. It is possible to test a monitor for flicker/pwm by using a photo-diode hooked up to an oscilloscope.

  • mystickatdaddy author
    7 years ago

    I just noticed these replies to my post. If you are interested in more information, please sign up for this site and send me a message. I don’t think I’m allowed to post links and things on here. If your monitor was made in the last few years, it most likely uses pwm whether it is lcd or led. It’s just a better way to brightening and darkening the screen accurately. You can find older monitors that don’t use this method. It is possible to test a monitor for flicker/pwm by using a photo-diode hooked up to an oscilloscope.

  • Wendy Oldham Vernon
    7 years ago

    How would I know which kind I have at home?

  • Wendy Oldham Vernon
    7 years ago

    Thanks, Mer!

  • Merit Weidman Kirkpatrick
    7 years ago

    I think most of them are LCD Wendy

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