Sitting Too Close to the TV Harms Vision

Sitting Too Close to the TV Harms Vision

EyeQ: Myth or Science

There are plenty of reasons to limit the amount of television you watch, but there is no lasting harm to your vision by sitting near the screen. Your eyes might feel strained, but it’s a temporary condition.

Two tips to prevent eye strain:

  1. Remember to blink. Blinking keeps the eyes moisturized.
  2. Look away once in a while. It gives the eyes a break, forces you to refocus on something in the distance and then something near again (sort of like a seventh-inning stretch) and encourages blinking.

To learn more about these facts and others related to eye strain, check out the American Optometric Association website at