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is it true that reading in dim light can damage your eyes

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
No: This is an old wive's tale. Although it is certainly best to read in a clearly-lit setting, reading in dim light will not hurt your eyes.
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Dr. Barbara Evans
34 years experience Ophthalmology
No: The amount of light while reading is a personal choice. However, for anyone with macular degeneration or other causes of poor eyesight, i recommend a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
No: Read all you want in bed, just get the distance comfortable and have adequate lighting.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Not at all: Neither is there truth to the myth that reading in the dark or sitting too closee to the television will damage your eyes. The eyes are essentially so ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Carlin
50 years experience Ophthalmology
No: While reading in the dark may cause headaches and eye strain, there is no evidence that it damages eye sight.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Most ophthalmologists do not adjust pressures based on corneal thickness. The important measurement is the pressure drop that occurred with treatment ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Lee
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Costco: I believe that you do not need to be a member.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Basically it is a matter of whether you can control the reflexes between the eyes and the balance mechanisms of the inner ear. For those who do this, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Blurred vision in a: Healthy young person without other known ocular disease usually is due to uncorrected refractive error or dry eyes. Again, this is if there is no othe ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Check for glasses: Could be dry, or need farsighted or presbyopic correction, or need rest (relax accommodation).
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
40 years experience Ophthalmology
See an Eye MD: With your age approaching presbyopia or need for reading glasses, this may be the cause. Especially if you have actual farsightedness in your refract ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Presbyopia: You are experiencing symptoms typical of people when they get to their 40's. Even if you haven't needed glasses up until now, most everyone starts to ... Read More

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