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Do Monitors Ruin Eyesight?

  1. Jul 25, 2005 #1
    Ok, so I need this to be cleared up. I've been using 40 contrast/brightness on a CTR monitor. I used to have it to something really bright and my eyes would start to hurt after a while, when I toned it down (a lot) it really helped. But, if you went outside, it's really bright theres a lot more photons hitting your eyes. But I also thought about like some spot where there's a lot light then everywhere else is a lot darker.

    Do monitors ruin eyesight? :confused:
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  3. Jul 25, 2005 #2
    I've heard that staring at a monitor (Tv or otherwise) for too long lots can have a bad effect on your eyesight. Perhaps people should wear special goggles/eyewear or something to prevent/decrease that from happening (When using a computer, tv, etc)

    Just a thought? I mean keep in mind it's likely that more and more people will be using computers,more and more...
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2005
  4. Jul 26, 2005 #3
    I do not think that there any reason to believe that monitors ruin eyesight. Here is a link to a review article about the effect of using screen based equipment on the eyes.
    Do video display units cause visual problems? - a bedside story about the processes of public health decision-making.

    Here is a quote from page 217 of the linked article:
  5. Jul 26, 2005 #4
    Take this as a personal anecdote, but I'm short sighted and my eyes become worse during the exam period.. every exam period! I don't think its because of anything specific like TV or a computer monitor, but staring at anything in close range for long periods of time. It's probably genetic as well.
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