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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
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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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