Laptop screen causing Headache

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Ever wondered why your eyes get tired too quickly when looking at the computer screen? Also followed by headaches? this could actually be because your laptop refresh rate is low, here is a tip about Refresh rate and it’s impact.

What is Refresh Rate?

The refresh rate (Measured in Hz) refers to the number of times per second that an image displayed on a screen needs to be renewed to prevent flicker when it is viewed by the human eye. The higher the refresh rate, the less image flicker you will notice on the screen

Truth is many users are used to the flicker, or their eyes are not sensitive enough to detect it, but this flicker is present and causes eye strain which for some results to headaches. If your monitor refresh rate is low chances of getting eyestrain is higher, Higher refresh rates are less likely to cause eyestrain.

To avoid flicker, you should set your monitor to use the maximum refresh rate possible

Setting Refresh Rate High

By default the laptop refresh rate is set to the highest value depending on which your system supports the higher it is the better. Though the value can be mistakenly tampered with, to locate it follow these steps (Note this was done on windows 8.1 OS):

  • Right click on your desktop
  • Click screen resolution
  • Click “Advanced settings”
  • Click the “Monitor tab”
  • Select from the “Screen refresh rate” drop down options

Refresh rateIf this is set to the highest value already (most laptops use 60hz) then there’s no need to change it, only take it higher if there’s a higher value provided. If you still feel eyestrain you could rest once in a while after long use of your system.



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