Eye irritation caused by watching HDTV

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by med, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. med

    med Guest


    Just purchased a 42 in plasma hdtv that is set up in my living room
    approximately 8 ft from sitting areas. When watching tv for more than
    1 hour , i get a some type of eye irritation/inflamation. My wife also
    says watching tv hurts her eyes (even though we could watch hours of
    analog tv without any of those symptoms).
    Have any of you experienced any of those symptoms or is it the tv?
    med, Apr 4, 2006
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    SF Guest

    it could be that you don't blink as often as you did when watching your old
    tv. Try to consiously blink more often.

    SF, Apr 4, 2006
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    p.clarkii Guest

    describe the physical symptoms please. how does the irritation feel?
    does your eye water?, etc.

    i suggest its dry eye caused by insufficient blinking. it happens when
    a person is very attentive to a task. under such conditions your blink
    rate goes down to about half of normal and allows the ocular surface to
    become dry in areas. try using artificial tear supplements like
    Systane or Refresh Plus and see if it gets better.
    p.clarkii, Apr 4, 2006
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    med Guest

    It felt like I had pink eye, burning sensation but without the yellow
    mucus. the bottom of both my eyes are itchy. I went to the optician
    and he prescribed some tobradex and systane as well as removing my
    contacts for 1 week and the irritation went down to 0 (it was really
    bad , with bright sun realy hurting the eyes). Last night , I watched
    the game and again the irritation appeared. ( as i mentioned I can
    watch hours of tv on my old analog tv without any symptoms).
    I did not use the drops yesterday however.

    But could Plasma TVs cause this eye irritation in which case I am
    considering returning it or is it due to something else
    med, Apr 4, 2006
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    Roy Starrin Guest

    To get to the TV end of this, you might try posting here and see if
    anyone has had or knows of this kind of problem:
    Also, this is pretty much of a stretch:
    but you might try searching something like:
    plasma tv "eye irritation"
    and then changing the parameters a bit, (e.g. "eye strain)to see if
    you come up with anything
    Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
    Roy Starrin, Apr 5, 2006
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