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Monitors could Blind You.
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 11/17/2004 03:45:00 PM.

Workers told: computers could blind you

SCIENTIFIC research has confirmed that extensive daily use of computers is bad for your eyesight and, in extreme cases, could make users go blind.

The results of new research have exposed a worrying trend that points to tens of thousands of people being in danger of developing glaucoma, a progressive eye disease which can lead to serious sight problems.

The warning is not good for people who are short-sighted - the investigation by doctors in Japan pinpointed this group as being at the highest risk.

Companies which ask their staff to use computers will also have to sit up and take notice. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness.

The results of the research led its authors to conclude: "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 [short-sightedness] and visual field abnormalities in heavy computers users."

The warning about the risk of glaucoma will come as a double blow for male office workers, who were last year told that wearing their ties too tight could also increase the risk of the eye disease. The latest study was undertaken by researchers at the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

Glaucoma is more common in old age, and occurs when the optic nerve is damaged, leading to visual abnormalities.

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