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Video screens may be cause of problems with vision

According to results from a recent survey conducted by VSP Vision Care, the nation's largest eye care benefit provider, 67 percent of America's 6-to-11-year-olds and 73 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds play video games, watch TV or use computers for an average of four or more hours each day, which can lead to a health problem known as computer vision syndrome.

According to Dr. Gary Veronneau of the Family Eye Care Center in Rainelle, extensive viewing of computer screens or video game screens can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches for children and adults.

It can occur when the eyes are locked on a particular target and viewing distance for long periods of time. Also, staring at a computer screen or video screen inhibits blinking, a function that allows proper tear flow and reduces eye irritation. Veronneau described CVS as a "fairly common problem."

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MGOelite3548d ago

this is total bs and ledgend. i sit about 2 feet away from my pc screen and ps3 screen for the last 2-5 years and my vision is damn near perfect

Harryhit43548d ago

Different people have different eyes. It's all in your genes.

Panthers3547d ago

For over a year my eyes hurt after watching my HD TV. They dont anymore, but I do get headaches some. I am a little worried, but whatever. They have ways to fix vision. Nothing is coming between me and my games :D

FarEastOrient3547d ago

I sit in front of three monitors (20" 20" 24") and the 24" monitor has the game consoles plugged into it via HDMI. According to VSP I should be blind and microwaved from all the gaming, reviewing, and programming that I do and that is from sitting in front of them for 14 hours a day.

Does VSP pay for clinical visits? :P

DeadlyFire3547d ago

I say they might be cause for some eye problems like irritation or less tear production, but no further than that. I have been staring at a screen since I was 5 years old and now I am 21. My vision is okay. I do wear glasses, but so does my mom and my brother. Has nothing to do with my staring at a screen. So what if I don't blink very often anymore. Sometimes a blur after staring for hours on end and moving away from the screen, but that happens with anything you stare at for hours. Nothing damaging to the eye though. Just makes your eyes tired really. There is nothing that hurts your eyes from a TV or Monitor. Only thing that might be giving you a headache is an imbalance of contrast/brightness of the screen. Toy with that and it should be perfect for you at some point to have less headaches and more fun.

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Spike473548d ago

Now if I can just find my glasses.

Foxgod3548d ago

Get a 42 inch tv, when i play Geow2 i never know where too look because of all the detail.
So i am definitely not locked at one point on the screen.

Gaara_7243548d ago

that aint true i have a 42inch tv and i can do it fine theres not to much to look at but my friend well he always complains there is so its 50-50 but if you realy want the detail do uncharted on it :L:L:L:L then you dont know where to look

Foxgod3548d ago

Since when can your experience be used as an argument against the way i experienced it ?

That like you claiming that i think spaghetti tastes bad, even though i think it tastes good.

Marceles3548d ago

"extensive viewing of computer screens or video game screens can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches for children and adults"

It feels the opposite for me. I've never had a problem looking at a screen for long periods of time and my vision is great. If anything it's helped me notice things in my surroundings that other people might not notice.

Foxgod3548d ago

Yup, its just the same old story, some people suck at running, others are good at it.

Some people are good with their eyes, others got weak eyes.
Its called genetic distribution.

Parapraxis3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

My sight has gone down since I started heavily using a computer at the age of 18 (10 years ago). I didn't own one myself before then.
And yes, all the symptoms are there for me. Fatigue, blurred vision and poor focus.
It could be hereditary, but I do notice my eyes feel worse after extended periods of time in front of my screen.

What puzzles me is the reaction some people are having to this article.
Like the study was intended to be a stab at gamers or something.
Why do people claim to know more about something than medical experts just because they think it's a attack on them.
lol
Next people will be saying "there's no way extensive use of a keyboard could result in joint pain, carpal tunnel is a LIE!"

Foxgod3548d ago

If that logic would be true, then everyone would get it, some are subjective to certain flaws, while others are subjective to different type of flaws.

The only thing that can be proved, it that everybody is subjective to at least one type of flaw.

Parapraxis3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

Please explain to me how health risks are determined then.

Because with your logic you are saying it's all based on genes and there are no outside forces that effect us.

I see how you are trying to be clever, but some things can effect all people, no matter how "flawed" they are or not.

It's a poor argument, and it says very little that is constructive.

Here's your "some are subjective to certain flaws, while others are subjective to different type of flaws" argument, summed up if it were on a cigarette package:
"Smoking cigarettes will kill most of you, others are not at risk and will not be effected"??

Foxgod3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

Exactly, genes are what makes a human prone to something, everybody got at least some bad genes, if those happen to be you eyes, then you wont be able to sit behind screens for very long, while others may have bad genes in their legs, but good ones in their eyes, and can sit behind a screen all day long.

I would say that argument can be backed up by the fact that not every person that sits behind a screen all day gets the same problems.
Some get the problems, some never do, instead they get other problems.

My weak genes would be my ears.
One ear infection (when i was a child) destroyed almost all of my hearing, but there are also lots of people that had more then 10 ear infections, and never had a problem with their hearing.

And your cigarettes example backs me up as well, theres lots of people who smoked all their life and still become older then 90.
Those have strong organs.

Parapraxis3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

It's cute that you want to think in such black and white terms of

"If that logic would be true, then everyone would get it"
and
"I would say that argument can be backed up by the fact that not every person that sits behind a screen all day gets the same problems."

The idea that if something does not effect EVERYBODY, it must mean that the risk isn't there is absolutely rediculous.

"And your cigarettes example backs me up as well, theres lots of people who smoked all their life and still become older then 90.
Those have strong organs."

Does that make the risk dissappear for the majority of the population?
Should medical researches stop learning more about health risks just because some people are lucky enough to not develop them?
Does the fact some people are not effected make the validity of the research become questionable, when the research itself states that it effects "some" and not "all"?

It's not all about genetics.

If I throw boiling water in your face, you'll burn, no matter how good your genes are.
Point, Match.

Foxgod3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

Now thats a poor argument, theres no way boiling water can be compared to watching a television.
The only odds you have with boiling water is wether it will hit you, or not.

Compare it to being punched in the face, if your frail, youl be knocked out a lot faster then someone who's spend 10 years doing fitness.

Accept it or not, but humans flaws are based on if you are prone to something or not.

And no, medical research should not stop, where did i state that i am against medical research ?, your assumption is ridiculous.
People who are prone still want to buy some form of medication that can support them.

Oh, and heres something else, Rhino;s and elephants are known to have a very thick skin, their skin is genetically superior to that of humans, they could easily take a few gallons of boiling water, it wouldnt mean squad to them.

However, theres bound to be a small amount of Rhino's and elephants that have a little weaker skin then the rest of their kindred, they would probably take at least some damage from the boiling water.

Let me ask you the following, did you spend time in the gym ? or any other form of sports that strengthen both your outside, as well as the inside of your body ?
And did it have effect on you ?
Because ive seen people working out for years, and they wouldnt grow by an inch, while others spend only a year and look very athletic already.

zagibu3547d ago

It's called steroids.

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