​No, Staring At A Screen Won't Ruin Your Eyes

"TV will ruin your eyes!" they warned us, "Stop staring at a screen!" Shows what those suckers know, because they're wrong.

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Watch as Discovery News breaks down the history of an urban legend that just won't die — that staring at TV will ruin your eyes. Sure, eye strain is real and you should still rest and go outside, but looking at a screen won't fry your vision. I told you, mom!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a bank of monitors to blankly look at before going home and staring at my television.

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Discovery News via Laughing Squid

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Silvercross
Silvercross

Gotta disagree with this to an extent. I had perfect 20/20 vision until I got into QA at Activision. Spending 8 hours a day staring at a CRT television from 3 or 4 feet away for years has destroyed my ability to see things at a distance. It's been 9 years since I started, and I've moved into Mobile, and it's not quite as bad, but my eyes are still a disaster.

On the bright side, I can see thoughts now.

EDIT: Yes, I wear glasses now.