Can too Much TV be bad for our Eyes?

Admit it, not a day goes by where you didn’t watch TV. It has become such a staple in our life, it’s where we get the news and watch our favorite sports teams. Im sure you remember hearing as a kid too much TV will damage your eyes. Personally I think our parents were just trying to get us outside more because this just isn’t true. According to this article this statement just is not true anymore. Key word there was anymore. At one time this was true. The TV’s that were around in the 60’s had so many things that could go wrong with it. One example is the TV giving out X-Rays. Now this doesn’t sound very bad, but this is where the saying came from these X-Rays. They caused damage to the eye. However we are so spoiled in our world with our flat screen, 4k TV’s that we no longer have to worry about this. They just sit back relax and enjoy the entire screen.

Another way to avoid any trouble from watching TV is sitting eye level with the screen. If you do not this can cause eyestrain. Focusing to hard on a TV screen could also cause eyestrain.   Eyestrain is nothing to take to likely however. It can cause headaches and many other uncomfortable things with your eyes. If you find yourself having an eyestrain there are many things you can do to get rid of it, the simplest is to just rest your eyes. Give them a break sometimes they need it. You can check the rest on page 3 of this article, they give great tips on avoiding eyestrains. Also some over the counter eye-drops never hurt either. However if you just avoid what causes eyestrains you should never have to worry about it.

With it being very easy to avoid eyestrains which is the worse thing that can come out of watching to much TV other then feeling lazy. I would say you can watch on, as much as you want. Just don’t focus to hard and you will be golden.



6 thoughts on “Can too Much TV be bad for our Eyes?

  1. Caroline Sorrentino

    After binge watching Netflix my eyes get sore and glassy but it is usually only temporary. During the winter of my senior year I had trouble seeing the projector in Physics (I sat in the back) and when I went to the eye doctor they ran multiple tests on my eyes. The results of those tests were that I had 20/20 vision and I was really confused cause I know that it looks blurry to me. The doctor said some people had better 20/20 vision than others. I didn’t really understand that but oh well. Here I am now.

  2. Jack Brusco

    I sure hope not!! I’m a big television watcher but not necessarily from the TV. The majority of show and movie streaming that I take part in comes from my laptop. The problem with this is because the screen is so much smaller I have to keep the device so much closer to my face. It could be a real problem for my eyesight… especially due to all the netflix i watch! I binge watch so many shows on my laptop. It has gotten to the point where I am losing sleep because i’d rather watch netflix. I’m going to really have to do something about this after reading this ( article which highlights all the things detrimental to you when you lose sleep. I hope I’m able to change my habits fast because I really want to stay healthy and live a long life.

  3. Astrid Andrea Navas Grijalva

    In my house I rarely got to use the TV since I have to younger siblings who hug both of the main TVs in the house. However, I am not a big fan of TVs because every time I would watch something I’d always end up with a headache and just overall feeling kind of sick. But it’s interesting how my 10 year old sister can watch TV ALL day long and she doesn’t get tired or get a headache, or even get bored of whatever she’s watching. Why do you think I may have a lower tolerance to the TV screen?

  4. Brett Alan Merritt

    I watch tv in some fashion just about every day and reading this post was somewhat relieving. I actually just wrote about how phone screens don’t damage the eyes either, so our posts went hand in hand. Are there any recommended strategies to help avoid possible effects just as a precautionary measure?

  5. Jon Shanfelder

    As an avid television and movie watch, this is receiving information. Although I will say that I am a little confused about what “focusing too hard” implies. How do I know if I’m focusing too hard? What differentiates watching TV from focusing hard? Isn’t watching a TV for several minutes/hours focusing? These are all questions that I believe you could further address in your post. The link I have provided at the end of this comment is an article arguing the opposite point. What makes your source more credible than this?

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