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Does Reading In Dim Light Ruin Your Eyesight?

Parents around the world have been bandying this adage about for ages, but is it true? Watch this video to find out!

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9:14PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Always thought it was true!

5:34PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Don't believe everything this "health guru" says.

2:46PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Was told by an eye doctor recently that it does not ruin your eyesight but it does stress your eyes out causing them to need more breaks in dim light and having a harder time to focus, just like staring at a computer/tv screen for too long.

P.S. video does not work for me.

6:57PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Knew that all along. Thanks for the confirmation though.

8:55AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Poor eyesight might require better lighting, but poor lighting does not cause poor eyesight. I have needed glasses since third grade, and I need lots of light- not just a tiny spotlight for the book or newspaper, but a well-lighted room as well. And I love to read...

2:28AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012


11:34PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

I love having the ability of reading in dim light :-)

8:07PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012


5:57PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Gee that brings back memories ..... reading under the bed covers with the lamp from my bike because my parents insisted I go to bed much too early !!!!
But kids now? I'm sure the number of hours they spend in front of their computers must be bad for their eyes (opposite scenario). Thoughts on that one, anyone?

3:39PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Agreed. I heard this warning as a child, but learned many years ago that it's just a myth.

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