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Does Playing With Small Electronics Cause Eye Damage Or Blindness
Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more
Is it true that often playing smartphone in the room with no lights at all has bad effects for your eyes? Such as blind maybe?
Not harmful: It is commonly easier to read these devices in rooms with dim illumination. No harm will be done by this practice. Blindness has never been a consequence of this. ...Read more
What are some good ways to reduce eye strain and fatigue when playing video games and electronic devices?
Frequent breaks: When we concentrate on a vision task, we tend not to blink as frequently. This can lead to dehydration of the eyes' surface, in turn causing strain and fatigue. Time seems to fly when we perform fun activities, such as playing video games, and even those without true dry eyes can develop strain. Your eyes are telling you that they need a break. Try to get up every 30-60 minutes and walk around. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does everyone say you should let your kids play in dirt and at the park if its possible to catch parasites that can cause blindness and worse?
Odd preoccupation: Not every park or sandbox is a breeding ground for germs/parasites or worse. Your preoccupation is sad, since you are likely to pass it on to your kids who may never be able to enjoy nature. You are free to believe this if you wish, but I encourage parents to introduce their kids to the natural world.In 3+ decades of practice none have had the issues you fear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Some blind eyes degenerate and as they do, they can change color. ...Read more
Retinitis Pigmentosa: The only one i can think of right off is retinitis pigmentosa, and inherited degenerative disorder of the retina. There are probably other retinal disorders that can cause blindness, but most serious conditions you might think of such as cataract and glaucoma are treatable. ...Read more
Pink eye is a "cold": No, pink eye is a viral infection of the conjunctiva that will run a typical course in about a week, just like the common cold. There can be temporary vision disturbances in some cases but there is no risk of permanent vision loss or blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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