bcooter, let me say I do feel for you due to your condition. I can understand how this could be a serious and painful ailment. With that said, I'd think anyone in your shoes would and should be super careful about selecting a display or for that matter, anything that relies on your vision to conduct work. As I suggested early on to Frans, IF he's so sure he suffers issues with backlit LED displays (and there's zero evidence of this), he find a source that will provide a demo or a means of returning the product should it not work out. To suggest NEC or any other company is deliberate in producing a product it's customers would suffer from is just silly and no one forces these products onto people who know they may have an issue.
Like a lot of people, I work huge hours, in today's new economy and have very little time.
That's fine, no complaints and actually I have no complaints about the Apple monitors because as I've said they can't test for everyone.
But I don't and didn't have time to look for a problem I've never had. My eye is problematic, I'm use to it, but I've never had a monitor do what the new ones do, so I didn't expect the issue.
Then again when I bought the new Imac it was just a stop gap until the new Apple desktop comes out, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that in two hours I'd have to get up and walk around the patio to clear my head and right now, since so much of our work is motion and I still use FCP 7 (me and about 75% of the market) the new Imac is the only computer that will fly with the legacy fcp.
But your right, this falls on me, not Apple, though I wish the desktop was out because I'd have gone that direction and added my 30" dells because I know how well they work for me.