Televisions & eye damage
Myth: Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes
Fact: A Television does not cause eye damage
Kids often sit “too” close to the TV simply to become more engaged. This isn’t known to cause any human health issues. This myth had its origin back in the 1960s when General Electric sold some novel color TV sets that emitted excessive amounts of radiation (as much as 100,000 times more than was considered safe). GE quickly recalled and repaired the faulty TVs, but the stigma stuck to this day.
Watching television screens, close-up or otherwise, won’t cause any physical damage to your eyes. Watching TV for long hours can surely cause eye strain and fatigue especially for those sitting very close and/or watching from odd angles. There is an easy cure for eye strain and fatigue. After a good night’s sleep, tired eyes should quickly return to normal.
Sitting close to the television may not make a child near-sighted, but a child may sit close to the television because he or she is near-sighted and undiagnosed. If your child sits too close to the television for comfort, get his or her eyes tested.