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Does playing video games affect your vision?

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Video gaming is not just a hobby anymore, but also a career choice. Many children and adults have made a career out of playing their favourite video games, as well as posting videos on channels like YouTube offering gaming tips and insights into gameplay. It is a huge industry, with the global games market predicted to reach over $500 billion in 2019.

Over the years there have been many debates over the health impact of playing video games long term, including both physical and mental wellbeing. One area of health in particular that could be a concern is vision.

Could playing video games have a negative impact on your eye health? If you regularly play video games, or your children do, it’s worth considering what steps could be taken to ensure eyesight isn’t affected.

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Can video games affect your eyesight?

In a digitally-driven world, there is no escape from digital screens including video gaming, whether you play on your TV with your console, on your phone or on a computer. Your eyes have to work hard to continually focus on a digital screen, and it can lead to eye strain.

Eye strain, also sometimes known as computer vision syndrome, is a short-term effect that usually happens when you have been looking at something for a long period of time, such as a digital screen. It is typically characterised by tired eyes and headaches.

Gaming for prolonged time can lead to tired eyes

This could be a common occurrence amongst those who focus on video games for prolonged periods without regular breaks. The concentration on the screen can sometimes lead to irritability or sore eyes.

Other factors that can lead to problems with your vision include glare from the screen, as well as poor lighting. This can sometimes increase the risk of developing eye strain. However, eye strain does usually go away by itself once you have rested and given your eyes a break.

Uncorrected short-sightedness and long-sightedness will make you squint and strain your eyes to try and see the screen clearer. This can make your eyes over work and increase your chances of developing CVS.

Looking after your eyes when playing video games

If you are concerned about your vision, especially when playing video games, you should contact your local optician. You may benefit from wearing glasses in order to help take the strain off your eyes, even if you don’t have a prescription.

Glasses for screens can be helpful in preventing eye strain and make it easier for your eyes to focus and see clearly. You can also invest in lens coatings to reduce the amount of glare and reflections, enhancing your eyesight comfort further.

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If you are an avid gamer, it’s important to take proper breaks and days-off. Ensure you spend some time outdoors so your eyes get beneficial light and look at objects further in the distance. You can support your eyesight further with the adequate eye protection and following a healthy diet.


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