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Can watching small screens (phones, portable consoles, games) cause eye damage or blindness?

Can watching small screens (phones, portable consoles, games) cause eye damage or blindness?

No: Small screens can cause eye strain because of how close you hold them and the size of the text you read. This can lead to problems like headache or eye pain, but should not "damage" your eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Does computer vision syndrome affect my visual acuity?

Does computer vision syndrome affect my visual acuity?

Yes: Yes. The tears break up quickly in many patients with computer vision syndrome. This may reflect the lower blink rate and increased tear evaporation. Since the first thing light hits on our eyes is our tears, this can negatively impact your visual acuity. ...Read more

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Visual field test normal w/minimal peripheral vision loss. After diagnosed w/glaucoma feel more nervous driving such as changing lanes. Psychological?

Visual field test normal w/minimal peripheral vision loss. After diagnosed w/glaucoma feel more nervous driving such as changing lanes. Psychological?

MAYBE: Ask ophthalmologist to check visual accuity. If there has been no change, youre getting unnecessarily anxious. Remember the possibility of trouble doesn't mean it's there now. ...Read more

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Have macular pucker in both eyes stage 2. Blurry driving and using computer but not reading a book, newspaper or watching tv. Why?

Have macular pucker in both eyes stage 2. Blurry driving and using computer but not reading a book, newspaper or watching tv. Why?

Depends on location: It depends on the location of the epiretinal membrane causing your macular pucker. Reading vision primarily depends on what is happening in your fovea. if the membrane is not affecting the fovea, you will read fine, but see blur elsewhere. Because most people describe macular pucker as distortion rather than blur, consider that the blur may also have other causes like cataract. ...Read more

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Will "close work" (e.g., computer at work, reading, etc) be impactful to peripheral lattice retinal degeneration? Or only for myopia progression?

Will "close work" (e.g., computer at work, reading, etc) be impactful to peripheral lattice retinal degeneration?  Or only for myopia progression?

Not likely: There are some animal studies that suggest that intense near work in children could enhance myopia. I don't believe that mechanism is still at play by age 41. There should be no impact on lattice degeneration from computer work or reading. Lattice degeneration per se does not progress. What changes in the eye is the state of the vitreous gel and its relationship to the lattice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get accurate visual field test with macular pucker decline in visual acuity, lights less bright & white computer screen looking gray?

Is it possible to get accurate visual field test with macular pucker decline in visual acuity, lights less bright & white computer screen looking gray?

Usually it is fine: You have defects in the central visual portion of your field of view - an area poorly outlined by most field testing devices. Field tests will define major defects which largely will register from the peripheral areas tested. Have you had a field tested in the past? Is there some condition being sought for with a field.? Your ophthalmologist would not order a field if he doubts the result. ...Read more

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Does viewing a computer screen cause permanent eye damage/degradation at a faster-than-normal rate?

Does viewing a computer screen cause permanent eye damage/degradation at a faster-than-normal rate?

Not really: It is a good idea to keep a normal distance to prevent the effects of radiation from the screen, the effects on the eyes have not been reported in the literature to the best of my knowledge. ...Read more

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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Computer screen becomes fuzzy late at night? Eye problem?

Computer screen becomes fuzzy late at night?  Eye problem?

Don't overuse: Excessive staring at a computer screen will result in severe fatigue and blurring of vision. Shorten exposure times, use melanin filtered reading lenses, avoid over-bright screens should help. Keeping eyes rested and moisturized is helpful in reducing symptoms of severe eyestrain. ...Read more

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Can you suffer significant brain atrophy from youtube, internet, & video games?

Can you suffer significant brain atrophy from youtube, internet, & video games?

Brain atrophy: Usually not although the content may not be too beneficial. ...Read more

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30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with treatment, how long before i'm visually impaired or legally blind?

30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with  treatment, how long before i'm visually impaired or legally blind?

Glaucoma?: I am guessing you have glaucoma. This can be treated with proper medication and laser or surgery if that fails. Seeing your ophthalmologist regularly gives you an excellent chance to preserve what vision remains. ...Read more

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Severe h/a & nausea exiting camper. 8 hr later (slept at home) -slurred speech, unbalanced, blurred vision, facial flushing, fuzzy thinking. Dx?

Severe h/a & nausea exiting camper.  8 hr later (slept at home) -slurred speech, unbalanced, blurred vision, facial flushing, fuzzy thinking. Dx?

Go to ER: Hard to know, but several emergencies (some examples: stroke, subdural hematoma, intracranial hypertension) start this way. Emergent evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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I'm severally nearsighted with astigmatism, lense dislocation and strabismus. Could this indicate Marfan syndrome?

I'm severally nearsighted with astigmatism, lense dislocation and strabismus. Could this indicate Marfan syndrome?

Not by itself: There are several features of marfan's syndrome - long, thin body, long fingers, high arched palette, and family history among others. Your primary care doctor can help you determine if you have marfan's syndrome. ...Read more

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Can radial keratotomy vision deteriorate throughout life?

Can radial keratotomy vision deteriorate throughout life?

Maybe: One of the long term problems with rk surgery is the lack of long term stability in some patients. Sometimes, their prescription keeps changing over time, usually making them become more far-sighted. There are some therapies available that may help. Consult a corneal specialist. ...Read more

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Vision becomes foggy when reading text, central vision fogginess. Any remedy for this?

Vision becomes foggy when reading text, central vision fogginess. Any remedy for this?

Glasses: You likely need glasses, but see an eye doctor to make sure this is the only problem you have with your eyes. ...Read more