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View Poll Results: Since I've started using an eInk device, my eyesight has:
Improved (bent paperback pages caused my eyes to strain)) 11 14.10%
About the same 57 73.08%
I can't see the question, but I'll click anyway 10 12.82%
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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e-Books and Eyesight

A question about eye strain:

Just curious, has anyone seen a study on how eInk fares in long-term use? How does it compare to paper books?

If there is no study, anecdotal evidence is O.K.

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:07 PM   #2
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So far,my vision hasn't gotten worse-and for me that is an improvement !
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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Eink is definitely easier on my eyes. They'll never improve though.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:35 PM   #4
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My vision was already deteriorating. That's why I like my Reader with the larger font sizes to choose from!
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:58 PM   #5
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I'm afraid there's little hope for my eyes to get better, but the e-ink screen does seem much less strenuous on them, which is a big plus in my . . . wait for it. . . book! (Oh god, I'm easily amused.)
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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So far,my vision hasn't gotten worse-and for me that is an improvement !
Ditto.

If I didn't have an e-reader I would still be reading all those books on a computer, and since I have to use the computer a lot anyway, I'd practically spend most of my waking hours staring at a backlit screen. Most days, my eyes would tear up and hurt so bad I'd have to take hours-long breaks before even thinking of going back to anything that required reading or typing.

Nowadays no backlit screens are involved in my leasure reading at all, and I use them for work-related stuff only as much as can't be avoided (A4-sized pdfs are still a problem for 6-inch screens). Being able to increase the font size in most types of files is very, very nice indeed.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:13 PM   #8
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I'll go along w/LJ, less eyestrain, but little chance of improvement.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:20 AM   #9
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Much less eyestrain. I look at a computer all day, and it is nice to read something that is not backlighted.

Actually, my eyesight is getting better. I went from -750 to 20-20 after surgery. One eye was actually undercorrected, left at -300, so I wouldn't need reading glasses. As I age, it gets closer to 0. The monovision was a mistake, but it turned out perfectly!
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:56 AM   #10
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I was legally blind when I bought my ebook reader, and I'm still legally blind. My vision hasn't changed.
However, since I can change the font size of the book using the ebook reader, I can actually read books visually again instead of relying upon audio books.
Large print paper books are large and awkward, and reading regular print with a magnifier triggers motion sickness. I vastly prefer an ebook to either of those previous options.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:31 PM   #11
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Poll question is poorly worded...

I don't think that eInk (or anything else short of Lasik) will improve my eyes.

However, eInk makes reading easier for me, and as a result, I do it more which is a good thing. I am also able to do it longer without having to quit due to eyestrain and inability to focus (mentally and physically). I suspect this is the point that the question was getting at and why I voted yes...
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:51 AM   #12
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I believe it is easier to read, consistent font between books - tailored for me; but I seem (!) to fall asleep more frequently than I recall doing when I read pbooks - perhaps it is the lack of having to physically turn a page and grapple with the bendability of the book that is causing it. Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:46 AM   #13
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I believe it is easier to read, consistent font between books - tailored for me; but I seem (!) to fall asleep more frequently than I recall doing when I read pbooks - perhaps it is the lack of having to physically turn a page and grapple with the bendability of the book that is causing it. Anyone else have this problem?
I do.

I think it is because I am almost 50 though.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:35 AM   #14
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I think it is because I am almost 50 though.

bit harsh to blame it on your age ....
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #15
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I have yet to see an actual study that provides medical evidence for the readability of e-ink screens... all evidence seems to be anecdotal. (Which isn't to say that it's wrong... just that as yet it has no medical data to back it up).

But I'm sure that somewhere, someone must be studying the displays in a more scientific way, and will eventually provide medical data on the readability of e-ink compared to other display technologies. (If anyone knows of such a study, shout out.)
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