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Can sitting too close to the TV damage your vision?

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Sitting closer than necessary to the television may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision. Children, especially if they're nearsighted, may do this to see the TV more clearly. They may, in fact, need glasses.

SOURCES:

Yanoff, M; Duker, J. , Mosby, 2008. Ophthalmology

Prevent Blindness America: "Common Eye Myths."

MedlinePlus: "Vision Problems."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Yanoff, M; Duker, J. , Mosby, 2008. Ophthalmology

Prevent Blindness America: "Common Eye Myths."

MedlinePlus: "Vision Problems."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 10, 2017

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