Computer Use (2004) & Glaucoma

Spending too much time looking at a computer screen may raise your risk of the vision-robbing eye disease glaucoma, particularly if you're nearsighted, according to a new Japanese study.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that ultimately cause damage to the optic nerve. It can lead to blindness if not treated.

Heavy computer users who were farsighted or nearsighted seemed to have a higher risk for visual field abnormalities, say the researchers.

Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, December 2004; vol 58: pp 1021-1027