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Doctor insights on: Can Computer Screens Contribute To The Development Of Cataracts

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Can computer screens contribute to the development of cataracts?

Can computer screens contribute to the development of cataracts?

No: Unless there was something faulty about the screen and emitting too much radiation (extremely unlikely), there is no association. More commonly is eye strain / fatigue. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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At a computer screen for so long can also cause cataracts?

At a computer screen for so long can also cause cataracts?

No: Cataracts are the "greay hair" of the eyes. Everyone gets them as they age. Certain chemicals (steroids, chemotherapy) and exposure to high levels of ultraviolet radiation may speed up their development, but monitors and television sets do not emit significant enough amounts of energy to increase growth of catatracts. ...Read more

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Can long computer use cause cataracts?

No: It can exacerbate dry eyes which can cause some difficulty with vision. You can use otc artificial tear eye drops to help. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a computer monitor cause cataracts?

No: Not in my opinion. Most cataracts are age related. Some also due to long term steroid use or medical conditions. ...Read more

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Will intense computer work in the days after cataract surgery negatively impact my final vision? I feel I have lost slight distance acuity from this.

Will intense computer work in the days after cataract surgery negatively impact my final vision? I feel I have lost slight distance acuity from this.

No effect: Computer use does not harm the eyes nor does it change eye power. It is fatiguing and drying but these are momentary and no permanent changes. ...Read more

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Have early cataracts & macular pucker. Why do I need reading glasses to read a book but not to read on the computer?

Have early cataracts & macular pucker. Why do I need reading glasses to read a book but not to read on the computer?

Glasses prescription: This may depend on your refractive error (eye glass prescription). You need less magnification for a computer that has a different focal distance than the distance for a book. It also may depend on the computer font size, screen quality and illumination. ...Read more