Giving ipad a break

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  1. islandman

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    During the day at home,I use my laptop mostly, but when I go to bed, it became usual to spend up to an hour using my ipad, then again when I woke early.

    Then came headaches. I put it down to rapid eye movement. Using the laptop requires focusing as pages move one way, then with ipad,movement is different. I suppose I should add that I am mid 70's.

    So, apart from short bursts during the day, the ipad will remain unused. If headaches clear, then I know it was that. One thing I will do, is change settings to reduced power which I believe will reduce glare.
     
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    Using the iPad with the screen brightness turned up too high has been known to cause eye strain and the resulting headaches. My brightness is never set more than a third of the way to maximum, sometimes less in a dark room.
     
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    Early 70's, and my average usage during day is about 5 - 6 hours. Never causes headaches, although at one time I too was developing them whilst using a PC. It was cleared up by an eye test and new glasses.


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    I assume you use reading glasses, and I suspect the problem is they aren't the right strength for the task. This is especially important if you, like me, have had cataract surgery. I use +1.5 diopter with my iMac, but need +2.25 to use my iPad in my lap because it's closer. Perhaps your eyes changed recently, and your old glasses are no longer adequate.
     
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    @islandman....there are muscles in your neck which become overly contracted and tight which can cause tension headaches, dizziness and head/facial pain. Often times when I evaluate patients who utilize a laptop, computer, iPad, or reading-these muscles are often tight and rigid. Some of the trigger muscles that become tight include the sternocleidomastoid, upper trapezius and suboccipital muscles. Often times a forward head posture or propping too many pillows under your head can cause these muscles to overwork.

    So for all of my patients, I tell them to watch their posture. Prop your iPad on a pillow to keep your head/neck straighter. As for the brightness which @scifan57 mentioned, that too can also trigger headache symptoms and eye strain.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Becneelan

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    You shouldn't use the iPad continuously for more than 30 minutes at a time.

    Give your eyes a break
     

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