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Icon 11 posted July 08, 2004 12:30      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Contrary to popular belief, people in east Asia are no more genetically susceptible to short-sightedness than any other population group, according to researchers who have analysed past studies of the problem.

The epidemics of myopia in countries such as Singapore and Japan are due solely to changes in lifestyle, they say, and similar levels could soon be seen in many western countries as lifestyles there continue to change.

"As kids spend more time indoors, on computers or watching telly, we are going to become just as myopic," says Ian Morgan of the Australian National University in Canberra.


http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996117

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I need to increase the font size in my browser, I could barely read that. [Big Grin]
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quote:

Children now spend much of their time focusing on close objects, such as books and computers.

Quick, burn the books! We can't have our children harming their precious vision.

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It seems nowadays, you can't even turn around without reading 300 different things that will:

kill you
give you cancer
make you impotent
make your children deformed
make you deaf
make you blind
make you stupid
make you ugly
make you smell

etc.

... If we spent our entire lives worrying about all that junk, we'd never live our lives out like normal, and I say, what's the point in living a life that you can't enjoy?

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Icon 1 posted July 08, 2004 14:20      Profile for ooby     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Myopia is mostly the change in the length of the eye. That is why people who wear glasses start wearing them as they are growing up. It is widely accepted that the most prominent cause is hereditary, not environmental.

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quote:
Originally posted by ooby:
Myopia is mostly the change in the length of the eye. That is why people who wear glasses start wearing them as they are growing up. It is widely accepted that the most prominent cause is hereditary, not environmental.

Psst........Snup is standing right behind you

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Awe, I was blind as a bat long before I became a geekette. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
It seems nowadays, you can't even turn around without reading 300 different things that will:

kill you
give you cancer
make you impotent
make your children deformed
make you deaf
make you blind
make you stupid
make you ugly
make you smell

etc.

... If we spent our entire lives worrying about all that junk, we'd never live our lives out like normal, and I say, what's the point in living a life that you can't enjoy?

Reminds me of a satire some of my friends made
(I posted it here , QuickTime MP4, 12MB)

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Icon 2 posted July 08, 2004 15:02      Profile for AnyoneEB   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So, wait, reading will make me more nearsighted? Cool!

...

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(Note: I'm farsighted.)

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I remember when the news was on how the germs from flushing your toilet would get on your toothbrush and kill you.
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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by ooby:
Myopia is mostly the change in the length of the eye. That is why people who wear glasses start wearing them as they are growing up. It is widely accepted that the most prominent cause is hereditary, not environmental.

Psst........Snup is standing right behind you

/me runs for cover

Heehee...no, I actually agree. One is born with a certain shape and length of the eye-which determines either nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or a combo of all 3(it's possible to be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, and you can have astigmatism combined with either of the other 2 or alone).

I'll have to read the article, though.

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Both my parents are myopic--so are my brother, my sister, and I. I just happen to be the worst in my family.

My left eye is -7.00, my right eye is -8.25. I guess you could say I got a genetic double-whammy.

Is anybody worse than I am?

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I remember when the news was on how the germs from flushing your toilet would get on your toothbrush and kill you.

I heard about that study-it was about E-coli getting onto the toothbrushes in the same room(as well as the towels you wipe your face with-yuk!). But then they did an experiment with toothbrushes in another room at the other side of the house, and there were still traces on the brushes. Isn't E-coli basically all over, Biology Geeks???

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
(it's possible to be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, and you can have astigmatism combined with either of the other 2 or alone).

Yup, that' s me. Mildly farsighted in the left eye, nearsighted in the right. Let me tell you, binoculars are a pain for me to use... [ohwell]
I'm kind of glad I've had to wear glasses all my life -- no one can accuse me of ruining my eyes by watching too much TV when they're already screwed up, can they? [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Flashfire:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
(it's possible to be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, and you can have astigmatism combined with either of the other 2 or alone).

Yup, that' s me. Mildly farsighted in the left eye, nearsighted in the right. Let me tell you, binoculars are a pain for me to use... [ohwell]
Same over here. Should really be wearing glasses but I can never find the damn things, plus I broke the latest pair tripping on the ledge outside college when I really should have been looking where I was going [Roll Eyes]
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quote:
Originally posted by supergoo:

My left eye is -7.00, my right eye is -8.25. I guess you could say I got a genetic double-whammy.

Is anybody worse than I am?

Is that for specs or contacts? I know there is a slight difference, something to do with focal length, at least that's what my opthalmist told me.
I'm -6.50 in the left and -8 in the right so you got me beat there, but that is for contacts.

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quote:
Orignally posted by Stibbons:

Should really be wearing glasses but I can never find the damn things

Once your eyesight gets really bad, you have to work to a plan. My glasses are always in one of three places: on my face, on my bedside table or in the bathroom sink. If I put them anywhere else I would be really stuffed because I can't see them when I put them down.
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I guess I'm the fortunate one. My father wears glasses... (something really strong in his right eye, and moderate in the left.)

My mother wears glasses, but very very very minimal ones, because her eyes are *just* bad enough to cause her to have a headache because of the strain without them.

My sister wears glasses.

My vision at last test when I was 18 was 20/10. The doctor said my vision over my life time would probably deteriorate TO 20/20, so I'm hoping I'll be OK.

I was absolutely amazed.. I've spent approximately 10-16 hours a day in front of a computer almost every day since I was about 8 or 10 (I'm not kidding) and I'm 21 now.

Even now when a bus comes down the road, I'm telling the people at the bus stop with me the bus' route number, long before they can even begin to read it.

I guess I just got lucky on that particular piece of genetics.

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quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I remember when the news was on how the germs from flushing your toilet would get on your toothbrush and kill you.

I heard about that study-it was about E-coli getting onto the toothbrushes in the same room(as well as the towels you wipe your face with-yuk!). But then they did an experiment with toothbrushes in another room at the other side of the house, and there were still traces on the brushes. Isn't E-coli basically all over, Biology Geeks???
Well, the 5-second rule is definitely not true...http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/09/16/five_second030916

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Don't think for a second that's going to stop me. [Smile]

And I quote Mr George Carlin:

"If I drop something, I pick it up and eat it!

Even if I'm outside!
At a sidewalk cafe!
In Calcutta!
During a soccer riot!"

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