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    Default Have any of you gotten eye problems from iPhone/iPod/droid overuse?

    So, I can't think of a better place to ask this than people who spend hours playing games on their phones. So, for those of you who use your iPhones a lot, have you had any eye trouble from it? Like double vision?

    My eyes are screwy, and I thought it was all the iPhone, but my eye doc thinks it might be something that was there already and the iPhone just exacerbated it. So I want to see if this is something others experience.

    Thanks!

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    I am nearsighted, and normally use iPad, so nope
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesrider View Post
    So, I can't think of a better place to ask this than people who spend hours playing games on their phones. So, for those of you who use your iPhones a lot, have you had any eye trouble from it? Like double vision?

    My eyes are screwy, and I thought it was all the iPhone, but my eye doc thinks it might be something that was there already and the iPhone just exacerbated it. So I want to see if this is something others experience.

    Thanks!
    Well I don't have any eye problems apart from weak eyesight (since age 7) and retinal holes (since birth). They haven't progressed worse due to me playing games, although... Les? How old are you? If you tell me I can explain why and what caused it (If you don't want to tell me, give me a rough age number)
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    Had the same case a few years ago, before I had to get glasses.

    My sitting at the back of the class trying to copy down notes from a very glare-y whiteboard + my hours on computer gave me astigmatism apparently.

    Also, I heard that after staring into a screen or such and you feel a bit eye strained, to not wash them with water since it makes it worse.

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    Parth, I believe she is about 29 to 35? Sorry if I am off, just trying to go off my horrible memory
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysticaldream View Post
    Parth, I believe she is about 29 to 35? Sorry if I am off, just trying to go off my horrible memory
    If she is that age... This is the point where the eyes start reversing. (I'm assuming she is near sighted, so she is going to be farsighted). While Pocket Legends playing a few hours will be ok, forum posting on Iphone too is not, because while your eyes are slowly reversing... And you are putting such strain on your eyes... It strains the eye muscles.

    To cope with this: Your eyes have muscles just like any other part in your body, and you need to make them stronger.

    Try every morning, rolling your eyes clockwise 50 times and counter clockwise 50 times. (25 each is fine if you are in a hurry)
    Then look out a window and look far and then fixate your gaze on a close object. Alternate between those 25-50 times
    Then try the other eye exercises (up and down, side to side, diagonal) 25-50 times
    Afterwards close your eyes and rub your eyelids with the tips of your fingers 25-30 times clockwise and then again counterclockwise.

    Repeat this before you go to sleep, or at night too.

    Flush your eyes with clean water every few hours or so too, if you are putting strain on them through electronic displays

    You should see an improvement, slight withdrawal of symptoms within 1 month to 6 months

    How do I know? Same thing happened to me, as well as a few other friends whom I recommended this too, and it ended up working.
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    I have perfect eyesight (militarist suggested I become a sharpshooter)

    But I have a tendency to squint or close my left eye, and I'm not sure but I think I bring the screen real close. It might just be that I'm so concentrated on it. Also, looking into your smartphone is bad for your neck. It'll make you slouch so if you realize you're slouching, straighten your back and pull your head back so that your neck is straight, and raise your phone to vision-able level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangepwnsmeel View Post
    If she is that age... This is the point where the eyes start reversing. (I'm assuming she is near sighted, so she is going to be farsighted). While Pocket Legends playing a few hours will be ok, forum posting on Iphone too is not, because while your eyes are slowly reversing... And you are putting such strain on your eyes... It strains the eye muscles.

    To cope with this: Your eyes have muscles just like any other part in your body, and you need to make them stronger.

    Try every morning, rolling your eyes clockwise 50 times and counter clockwise 50 times. (25 each is fine if you are in a hurry)
    Then look out a window and look far and then fixate your gaze on a close object. Alternate between those 25-50 times
    Then try the other eye exercises (up and down, side to side, diagonal) 25-50 times
    Afterwards close your eyes and rub your eyelids with the tips of your fingers 25-30 times clockwise and then again counterclockwise.

    Repeat this before you go to sleep, or at night too.

    Flush your eyes with clean water every few hours or so too, if you are putting strain on them through electronic displays

    You should see an improvement, slight withdrawal of symptoms within 1 month to 6 months

    How do I know? Same thing happened to me, as well as a few other friends whom I recommended this too, and it ended up working.
    Hmm range, I am nearsighted, and still am -- doesn't seem to be changing to farsightedness. I'm actually more nearsighted than ever from staring at this tiny screen all the time. And yes, I do use it for the forums. I rarely turn on my pc anymore. I explained all this to the doc, and I was so so sure that the iPhone caused it. I thought she could give me some exercises to fix it. But she doesn't think the iPhone alone could cause this. So she's talking to a specialist to see if he could see me and determine what to do. I really hope it is just a matter of training my eyes back to the way they were instead of trained for looking at an iPhone. But I can't find anything online about iPhones causing this, and I can't imagine I'm the only one using it as a pc.

    She really scared me -- suggested surgery might be necessary. But will talk to the specialist first. I'm just really surprised and trying to see if anyone else has had this problem and if so what happened.

    I'll try your suggestions -- they can't hurt!

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    Even if it does require surgery on the eyes, don't worry. Surgery on the eyes is highly blown up with the possible side effects. It is one of the safer surgeries actually, due to the laser precision and computers and machines they use. Not much room for human error.
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    I have 20/20 vision but with prolonged playing my eyes being to hurt, sorta like how eye cancer would feel like. And that sucks Les. Ask your doc for some percs.

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    Ive had a little astigmatism since birth apparently :-/ but no, playing at night, in the dark, for hours, staring at my itouch screen and barely blinking, laying down, has NOT hurt my eyes When i wake up in the morning to play, my eyes get blurry when i go down to make breakfast, but no permanent damage yet; eye doctor on saturday actually. Only problems I get is that long use of itouch repeatedly upside down gets my arms sore lmao, now there all buff ;D haha jk about buff, but yeah, very sore and a good workout
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    Hmmm... Need more responses.

    Maybe my iPhone isn't completely to blame?

    Can I sue them if it is?

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    Lol I definitely blinked twice at this line:
    "According to the researchers, eye fatigue is due to lack of enough blinking and sex."

    They meant gender but still... Did a double take.

    That first article was more helpful. Hmm. Not quite 40 yet lol -- but the diff screen sizes, distances, etc might explain it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesrider View Post
    Lol I definitely blinked twice at this line:
    "According to the researchers, eye fatigue is due to lack of enough blinking and sex."

    They meant gender but still... Did a double take.

    That first article was more helpful. Hmm. Not quite 40 yet lol -- but the diff screen sizes, distances, etc might explain it.
    What we learned in my pharm classes also mentioned in the second article is the reduced blinks per minute rate, which physiologically makes sense (no, that was not an intended pun).

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    Well, if my problem was just dry eyes, sure ... But this is more than just dry, fatigued eyes. Seems more likely related to the screen size and distance from my face.
    Maybe all the reading I'm doing on it, too. (Good thing I haven't actually tried reading a book on here!)

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    Iphone screen is too small to really do anything. The real damage comes from the computer screen. I have 20/10 vision and I don't want to loose that, so I take breaks a lot and keep my eyes relaxed cuz I wanna keep good vision.

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