Mom used to say "Don't sit too close!!!"

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  1. Roger Kint

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    to the TV, because that'll ruin your eyes, but I don't think she even knew exactly how the eyes go bad from that. Anyone know why or is this some old wives tale just like don't sleep with your hair wet.... ?
     
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    Well, Roger, sitting too close to a cathod-ray tube is dangerous--it puts a major strain on the eyes. The same goes for your computer monitor as well as your television. My eye doc tells me computer monitors are one of the main reasons he gets so much business.
     
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    I see. So it's the strain that is damaging. Actually my eye doc told me that 22" is ideal for computer monitors. But what about TV sets? What distance would be considered too close? Some web sites say that to make the most of HD ready TV sets you should sit close enough so that you can appreciate the resolution, say around 6 feet, but is that too close for a 36"?
     
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    You need to sit within about 4 feet of a 36" 4:3 set if you want to visually resolve 1080 line material. Cinematic impact will call for a seating distance of under 5 feet, perhaps as close as 3.5 feet.

    This is why direct view televisions aren't a good choice for home theaters with traditional domestic seating distances.
     
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    Actually as an adult, there is no issue with sitting too close, and it does not ruin your eyes. Yes, that is an old wives tale.

    Jack,
    The reason that people have trouble sitting too close to monitors is because they have to use their reading accomodation ability which decreases with age, and can cause strain. This is especially an issue with those over the age of 40 who require reading glasses. Sitting too close and trying too hard to use the accomodation that you have left can lead to strain, but will not damage the eyes in any way, so there is no danger besides the threat of a headache.
     
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    Josh,
    You probably have latent hyperopia (actually, not so latent now) and your vision would have "declined" even if you had not used the computer. The decline comes directly from a decreased ability to compensate for your innate prescription, and this is due to the aging process. If you were tested ten years ago, and your accomodation frozen through the use of medicines, you would have found the same prescription as today. The computer monitor is not the culprit here, merely coincidence, your prescription needs to be corrected. Your vision clearing with reading glasses only confirms this.
     
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    Improper lighting? Did you know that the myth of needing light to watch tv was a rumor started to stimulate the sale of lamps in the 50's? LOL! The proper arrangement for best viewing of anything that emits light is obviously a completely black room. Why would you want other light emitting sources to interfere? Maybe if you are reading something at the same time...then...maybe. But for watching tv...it is pointless to have any lights on.
     
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    Josh,
    You don't mention how old you are. When you hit 40, your eyes automatically go to shit. It's like, the warranty runs out or something. Other things, too. Do you have to pee more often lately? Does the music on the radio sound like synthesized crap? Are you incredulous at what girls are allowed to wear to high school these days?
    If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," you are getting older. [​IMG]
    Jan
     
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