View Full Version : Long Computer Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

11-16-2004, 06:11 AM
Just great.... :(

Health - Reuters

Long Computer Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

Mon Nov 15, 7:06 PM ET Health - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Hours in front of a computer screen may increase the risk of glaucoma in people who are myopic or short-sighted, Japanese scientists said on Tuesday.

Glaucoma, which is caused by damage to the optic nerve, results in blind spots or visual impairments that can rob people of their sight.

Smoking and high blood pressure are potential risk factors but Japanese researchers believe excessive computer use may also play a role in short-sighted people.

"Myopic workers with a history of long-term computer using might have an increased risk of visual field abnormalities, possibly related to glaucoma," Dr Masayuki Tatemichi, of the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo, said in a report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

The researchers studied about 10,000 workers in Japan who were chosen for testing as part of a routine medical check-up. They also completed a questionnaire about how much time they spent using a computer and any eye problems. The average age of the participants was 43.

About 5 percent of the workers in the study had visual field problems. A further test revealed about a third of them had suspected glaucoma. The scientists said there appeared to be a link between glaucoma and heavy computer use in the short-sighted.

They believe the optic nerve in short-sighted people may be more vulnerable to computer stress than in normal eyes.

"Computer stress is reaching higher levels than have ever been experienced before. In the next decade, therefore, it might be important for public health professionals to show more concern about myopia and visual field abnormalities in heavy computer users," the scientists added

11-16-2004, 06:30 AM
So then I'm a total loss, more then 10 hrs a day in front of them nice LCD screens either at home or at work...

11-16-2004, 11:12 AM
Ah, who cares? It's all a part of evolution, we'll get used to it.

That, or you'll be able to buy a new pair of eyes in 25 more years or so anyway.

11-16-2004, 09:24 PM
I`m strangely attached to my own eyes, HR. Like the fella in Minority Report said, `My mother gave them to me!` :)

I don`t think it`s just short sighted people who need to take this problem seriously. Until my last production period I had close to 20/20 sight, but six months of 90 hour weeks of manual keframe reduction work left black spots, flecks of some sort of crap swimming around in my eyes. I still see fine, but view the world with a fly-on-the lense effect. I don`t recommend it.

Long working hours and no regulation seems endemic to the games industry. This article presents a standard picture.


Something`s got to change.


11-16-2004, 11:28 PM
well Matt, Working in a mine or at Mac Donalds is not healthy either..... :D

Eventually, we'll all go blind....

11-17-2004, 07:51 AM
ROTFL, Herve


Bank employees should return to paperwork :rolleyes:

Its fun to discuss with friends :o

11-17-2004, 10:01 AM
Eventually, we'll all go blind....

Isn't that what they told us when we were kids? "Keep doing that and you'll go blind"? ;)

11-17-2004, 11:01 AM
Isn't that what they told us when we were kids? "Keep doing that and you'll go blind"? ;)

That depends on what websites you are visiting. I guess the same goes for the japanese scientists :D High blood pressure....hmmm in what part, brain or ...????

11-17-2004, 11:50 AM
I work in as easy a viewing environment as possible, because, like most of us here, I spend a lot of time in front of my computer. When I join a forum, I set the display properties to an easy dark setting so it's not burning white or other bright colours. I also have my Windows set up so that I have the background of text boxes set to silver (light grey). I find working with it set to white for any length of time can really kill your eyes. At least with it set to silver grey, it is easy on the eyes.

I have read that LCD screens can help reduce eye strain. They are expensive but it may be worth investing in one.