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Old 11-16-2004, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Study links PC use with glaucoma

Guess we shouldnt be on the computer as much as we are.


/http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/14736790?source=Evening%20Standard

Study links PC use with glaucoma
By Lyndsay Moss, Evening Standard
16 November 2004

Heavy use of computers may be linked to the development of a progressive eye disease, researchers claim.

A study in Japan has found that staring at a screen could be related to glaucoma, which can lead to blindness.

The latest study, by the Toho University School of Medicine, Tokyo, finds the risk is particularly strong for the short-sighted.

Glaucoma is more common in old age and happens when the optic nerve in the eye is damaged, leading to visual abnormalities. The exact causes are unknown.

The researchers questioned 10,000 workers at four Japanese companies with an average age of 43.

The researchers, writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, say that those classed as heavy computer users tend to be younger and male.

The team says there appears to be a significant link between visual problems and heavy computer use among those with either long or short sight.

A third of these workers were found to have suspected glaucoma. The researchers conclude: "Computer stress is reaching higher levels than have ever been experienced before."
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's it! I have an idea for the perfect new peripheral: the iBong! It's a USB enabled waterpipe that preps a chamber whenever you have stared at the screen long enough for your chance of glaucoma to increase.

So much for TFP as my anti-Drug.
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Old 11-20-2004, 09:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Having borderline eye pressure, I have looked into this topic. From some research I have done, it's focusing close (such as at the screen) that raises internal eye pressure.

So I would guess that reading a book would have the same effect ?
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