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Can Staring At Screens Really Damage Your Eyes?

It’s something we’ve been told since cable television, computers, and video games became a staple of the modern home.

Don’t stare at the computer screen too long or you’ll lose your eyesight!

Many a parent has warned their child, looking for just five more minutes of gameplay, that such a danger exists. But is there any truth to the claim? And if so, how should we be monitoring ourselves?

Check it out:

Now that you’ve watched the video, will your parenting methods change? Are you still wary of those crazy science people? After all, mother knows best … right?

It makes a lot of sense though. If you sat close to a television screen growing up, it probably didn’t mean you just had to soak up Cartoon Network from an uncomfortably close proximity, it very likely just meant you needed glasses.

Eye strain is a real thing though, and tired eyes are not happy eyes. As the video suggested, take a break from the computer screen every now and then, and take a look at the roses along the highway, even if you don’t leave the comfort of your home to smell them.

With newer technologies bringing computer screens even closer to our eyes, I have no doubt that the old “Do they or Don’t they” debate about screens affecting eyesight will pop up again.

In this day and age, it’s almost considered rude to spout off “facts” of which you’ve never researched yourself, they just “sound like the truth”. Scary.

Don’t take the video’s word on it though. Here’s an article that cites numerous research experiments into the correlation between computer screens and eyesight, performed by institutions such as Princeton, Brighton, the BBC, and many more.

Take a look for yourself and decide whether or not you’ll allow your kids an extra few minutes in front of the PC next time.

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