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How are our eyes affected by staring at computer screens, ipad screens, phone screens and televisions?
No: The visual system can handle this and some consider it a form of training for things like being a fighter pilot. It may however, destroy your brain, your ambition and your fund of knowledge. ...Read more
Yes: One would hope for a more-than-cyber experience of life -- allowing real-time relationships with actual people, with all their challenges and rewards. Playing video games all day leaves no room for this, or for interests outside of video games. One's awareness would be extremely narrow. Also, unless you land a job as a tester of video games, it's hard to imagine earning a living that way. ...Read more
Play outside: Your child should always be encouraged to play outside. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes this can help with hand eye coordination and be used as a diversion. And give a sense of accomplishment. Beware though that some children can hyperfocus on the video game and almost become addicted to it. 1 university level education expert suggested no more than 10 hours of 'screen time' a week for kids. This would include tv, dvd, computers and video games. Remember moderation is good. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No danger: Although it can cause eye strain and discomfort, there is no risk of blindness from being too close to a computer monitor or television. The real question is: why would you be sitting so close? You may need glasses, and could benefit from an eye examination. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Games hurt your eyes: Because u spend excessive time playng video games. ...Read more
Effect of video game: Playing video games for a limited amount of time, (less than 2 hours per day of screen time) can improve attending skills and eye hand coordination. However, excessive time on video games can actually reduce attention skills. It can also be socially isolating, so limit your time at video games and have social experiences throughout the day. Get out of the house. ...Read more
Visual after image: Visual after image is a common normal visual phenomena. It is seen in higher frequency in patients with migraines. Palinopsia, an exagerated prolonged visual after image may be seen in neurological disorders including seizures or epilepsy or disorders involving the occipital lobe or visual pathways. ...Read more
Not a problem: The intensity of light is not harmful from these devices and the focusing is easy with normal eyeglass correction if needed. Doing this in dark places may actually make it easier to view. ...Read more
Age related: You may be starting to enter the focusing of middle age termed presbyopia in which things intermediate and near start to become less clear. It is possible the contacts you are wearing are overcorrected which will accelerate this issue. Have your lens power checked and you can also discuss with the ophthalmologist a thing called monovision which can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Texting: There are no studies about the effects of texting around the baby would harm the baby in any way. ...Read more
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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Is there a good, free iphone or ipad app that tells you which meds can be taken with or without food?
Micromedex: Micromedex is one app that a lot of doctors use - it's free but very comprehensive. Buried in each drug monograph, it will tell you about precautions. http://healthcare.thomsonreuters.com/micromedexmobile/. ...Read more
My ipad has taken the place of real human interaction, how common is this and should I seek help, if so how since i would need to use it to get help?
Get off computer now: Pick up a landline to contact a local physician office. Also please pick up pen and paper and write down your concerns, walk to the nearest postal center. Stop on the way to speak to people on the street, insisting to speak to them face to face without smartphones. At the post office, buy one stamp and mail your letter to your physician. Congratulations to try to stand up for what you believe. ...Read more
Many to choose from: Of the 911 exercise program apps available, 100 received ratings of 5 out of 5. So, you have your work cut out for you. Scroll through tem and see which one suits your needs. Many are calorie counting and diet related, whereas fewer are actually geared toward helping come up with and maintain an exercise plan. ...Read more
Whenever i read or on the ipad and i look up i'm so blurred for awhile. Never needed glasses or anything, have lbp. Should i be concerned?
What's happening..: How is your ipad use affecting your social life and relationships, finances, physical health, job. If it does affect any one area of these areas in your life and you still continue to feel compelled to keep using the device you may indeed be "addicted". If you are using the ipad for shopping excessively or visiting porn sites you may have a bigger problem than you think. ...Read more
My 2 month baby likes to watch tv, or baby clips on the ipad. Would it harm her vision if she watch at this age?
Not vision as much : As it delays acquisition of language & social communication, because it provides no reciprocal social interaction. The aap recommends no screen time till age 2 yrs. Talk to her with her face ~ 12" from yours; smile & mimic her good $ coos. Get down on the floor for tummy time play with her. Customize the aap's healthy child app for your baby's age. After 2 yrs., limit screen time to 2 hrs./day. ...Read more
What are the top ten phone/ipad apps (other than health tap of course!) that would benefit an elderly person taken care of by a non-medical health aide? Apps that could connect family members to stay up to date on (1) medications schedule and (2) weight/b
Try these ...: Not sure about "top 10", but I do like: Elder 411 (for caretaker role), Elder 911 (for caretaker emergencies), WebMD Mobile (RX & other info) & iPharmacy Pro (RX info), iBiomed (track medical & RX info; can share data), Pain Care (track pain episodes, & care team-doctors, therapists, family), Kindle (read novel at doctor appts, Pocket First Aid & CPR ($3.99), Balance ($0.99; Alzheimer resource) ...Read more
With precautions: The ipad and other similar devices, including the iphone, emit electromagnetic radiation. It is best to keep the ipad at a safe distance away from you during use (i.e. Not on your lap) and use it when you can on airplane mode. When you are using wifi or 3g, the device will emit more radiation. You might also want to invest in a ipad case that reduces radiation exposure. ...Read more
Probably not.: You could be holding your ipad in a funny way so i would not say never but highly doubtful. ...Read more
Facebook addiction: Entice your teenager to work out, either at home or at the gym. Get her involved in community activities, volunteering at the hospital or library, babysitting. Have her pick up a sport - the simplest ones are walking, running.And bike-riding. Most expensive proposition - go shopping. Also, develop hobbies like playing an instrument. Take up art lessons, dance, acting. No, don't substitute ipad. ...Read more