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Computer addicts could go blind!
Newkerala ^ | November 16, 2004 | Health India

Posted on 11/16/2004 6:01:55 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough

A new research has found that constant use of computers may be linked to the development of a progressive eye disease, specially in shortsighted people, which eventually leads to blindness, according to a report published in the British Medical Journal.

Glaucoma is a relatively common eye disease that develops very slowly, characterised by progressive sight defects or visual field abnormalities over time. Its exact cause is unknown, although potential risk factors, including smoking and high blood pressure, have been suggested.

Researchers at the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo categorized the use of computers in blocks of five years, ranging from less than five years, to more than 20 years, as well as the average amount of time spent at the screen per session, ranging from 1 hour to more than 8 hours at a time.

An in-depth eye test revealed that around a third of the workers had suspected glaucoma, characterised by distinct visual field abnormalities. And there also appeared to be a significant link between these and heavy computer use among workers who were short sighted.

In fact, the most common refractive error was short sightedness, leading the authors to speculate that the optic nerve in short sighted eyes might be more vulnerable to computer stress than it is in normal eyes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Japan; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blindness; glaucoma; health; india
Can someone read this to me?
1 posted on 11/16/2004 6:01:56 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Not me as I have worked using a computer for 25 years now.


2 posted on 11/16/2004 6:02:53 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: LurkedLongEnough
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1280991/posts

Already posted. ClearType mentioned too.
3 posted on 11/16/2004 6:03:12 AM PST by Terpfen (HALF-LIFE 2 IS OUT!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Is it my monitor or is it my eyes that makes the screen darker everyday?


4 posted on 11/16/2004 6:03:34 AM PST by Wiz
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Now I have 2 reasons I am going to go blind, only my mom never warned me about the computer!


5 posted on 11/16/2004 6:03:34 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg! THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I agree. What does the article say.


6 posted on 11/16/2004 6:03:35 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Make everyday Veterans Day.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
...average amount of time spent at the screen per session, ranging from 1 hour to more than 8 hours at a time.

Guess freepers have one more thing to worry about.
7 posted on 11/16/2004 6:05:32 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

optic nerve in short sighted eyes might be more vulnerable to computer stress than it is in normal eyes.

Leaves me out. I have normal eyes at age 53, not short sighted at all. I was blessed with great eyes. The rest of the body is falling apart. LOL


9 posted on 11/16/2004 6:09:57 AM PST by buffyt (Mutilated bodies on Fallujah's streets today paint a harrowing picture of 8 months of rebel rule.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

They didn't mention the OLD cause of going blind, but there is a lot of PORN on internet.... LOL


10 posted on 11/16/2004 6:10:53 AM PST by buffyt (Mutilated bodies on Fallujah's streets today paint a harrowing picture of 8 months of rebel rule.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I think the hairy palms comes first before the diminished eyesight.


11 posted on 11/16/2004 6:11:12 AM PST by VRWCmember ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

TMI - LOL


12 posted on 11/16/2004 6:11:26 AM PST by Core_Conservative (Proud to be "The self-righteous, gun-totin, military lovin, abortion-hatin, gay-loathin'...")
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To: buffyt
They didn't mention the OLD cause of going blind, but there is a lot of PORN on internet.... LOL

I think THAT is the correlation. However, before the user goes blind, the hair on the palms starts playing havoc with the keyboard.

13 posted on 11/16/2004 6:12:25 AM PST by VRWCmember ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
I tend to agree with this study as a very heavy user.
I also have noticed another thing that happens to heavy computer users that almost mimics dyslexia in as much as when typing you will start to change the order of letters in a word without noticing it. Example The will be typed as Teh but the user will not notice it.
14 posted on 11/16/2004 6:13:11 AM PST by Wooly
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Two of my favorite things are making me go blind ...


15 posted on 11/16/2004 6:14:34 AM PST by spodefly (I've posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Haha, good call.

Let's see... 8 hours a day at work, 6 hours at night during the weekdays, and about 20 hours over a weekend...

Guess it's time to get into construction.


16 posted on 11/16/2004 6:15:33 AM PST by TheZMan (Office Space is to me what F911 is to so many others)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Everytime you FReep, all your dead relatives in heaven cry.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

17 posted on 11/16/2004 6:16:17 AM PST by South Hawthorne (John Ashcroft for Supreme Court!)
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To: Terpfen

Sorry - I didn't see it.


18 posted on 11/16/2004 6:16:43 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Is there any such thing as a rhetorical question?)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

1950s hysteria:

TV radiation will rot your brain!


19 posted on 11/16/2004 6:17:15 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (http://www.drunkenbuffoonery.com/mboards/)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
The next step for freepers-


20 posted on 11/16/2004 6:34:13 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Now I have 2 reasons I am going to go blind, only my mom never warned me about the computer!

I plan on doing both until I need glasses.

21 posted on 11/16/2004 6:38:31 AM PST by capt. norm (Rap is to music what the Etch-A-Sketch is to art.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Yhid id trfivulioud. Hoe vsn I ho nlinf gtom lookinh sy vompuyrt?


22 posted on 11/16/2004 6:38:39 AM PST by Paratrooper
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Nope, Ive gone blind.


23 posted on 11/16/2004 6:40:29 AM PST by suzyq5558 (This space is reserved for the next round of liberal silliness.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

It's all that internet porn.


24 posted on 11/16/2004 6:44:51 AM PST by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: funkywbr
Not me as I have worked using a computer for 25 years now.

Well, I hate to tell you this, but your sentence was just gibberish. Totally unreadable! You have Glaucoma!!!!!

25 posted on 11/16/2004 6:49:19 AM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: ExtremeUnction

WooHoo! Now I can retire and pull in all that disability pay!


26 posted on 11/16/2004 6:52:29 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: funkywbr
Hot dogs cause cancer...

# Children who ate 12 hot dogs per month had a 9.5 times increased risk of leukemia.

# Children who ate hot dogs once a week doubled their chances of brain tumors; twice a week, they tripled it.

# The children of men who ate franks often had an 11 times greater risk of leukemia than normal.

# Women who ate hot dogs during pregnancy doubled their offsprings chances of developing brain cancer.

# Kids who ate the most ham, bacon and sausage had a tripled risk of lymphoma.

# Kids who ate ground meat once a week had twice the risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia than those who ate none, and triple the risk when they ate two or more hamburgers weekly.

Since reading this crap my wife has hardly allowed a hot dog in the house.
27 posted on 11/16/2004 6:53:47 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Those guys that hit the X rated sites could be going blind twice as fast.


28 posted on 11/16/2004 6:58:15 AM PST by wizr
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Believe it or not, I have a copy of a braille Playboy. No, there weren't any pictures, that I could SEE.


29 posted on 11/16/2004 7:02:17 AM PST by wizr
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

No mention of BBQ! Whoohaaa!


30 posted on 11/16/2004 7:04:46 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Owl_Eagle

What about all those poor kittens!


31 posted on 11/16/2004 7:16:51 AM PST by VRWCmember ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2)
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To: Wooly

Spelling and the Brain

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Txes M&A Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

A memo brought to you by Dyslexics R US


32 posted on 11/16/2004 7:32:05 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: VRWCmember
I think the hairy palms comes first before the diminished eyesight.
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Yikes... my eyes are getting hairy... gotta quit posting on FreeRepublic before my tongue turns hairy too !!!


33 posted on 11/16/2004 7:33:41 AM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: GeekDejure

Hairy eyeballs? LOL!!


34 posted on 11/16/2004 9:04:49 AM PST by upchuck (Pajamas? I don' need no steenking pajamas!!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I have problems with acute irritation of my "mouse" finger.


35 posted on 11/16/2004 9:35:46 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

Did you know that if you eat carrots or applesauce you WILL DIE!?!?!?! Plus, if you were ever born, you WILL die. Some day.


36 posted on 11/16/2004 12:30:10 PM PST by buffyt (Hey Chirac, fermez votre bouche!!!!!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I think I'll just use it until I need glasses (rimshot).


37 posted on 11/16/2004 12:32:35 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
Weenie dogs cause cancer?
Glad we are Cat Owners here! LOL
38 posted on 11/16/2004 12:32:53 PM PST by buffyt (Hey Chirac, fermez votre bouche!!!!!)
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