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Posted by: Adopted4, Friday, June 7, 2013, 7:28pm
Is it true that excessive reading can cause children's vision, or perhaps even adults, to weaken over time?  

There's no doubt that genetics and nutrition play a role. However, should I be concerned that my "one-eyed" daughter, blind in her right eye since birth, reads literally hours every day? This doesn't even include any reading associated with her typical school work. Her vision in her left eye has been considered normal since infancy.

My mil swears that her lifelong vision problems stemmed from her avid reading habits from a very young age, and I"m not sure how true that theory is?

I'm aware of some of the supplements and compliant foods that promote vision health, but my main concern is whether or not my daughter could be harming herself long term by reading so much.

Anyone else have an opinion on the subject?
Posted by: Lloyd, Friday, June 7, 2013, 7:32pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from Adopted4
Is it true that excessive reading can cause children's vision, or perhaps even adults, to weaken over time?  

Anyone else have an opinion on the subject?

Excessive reading can lead to education.

Be sure there is proper lighting and so on.

Posted by: jeanb, Friday, June 7, 2013, 8:05pm; Reply: 2
I used to read in the semi dark, with a flash light when I was a kid.  Avid reader still, at least 2 books a week, plus numerous reports and lots of computer work.  I finally needed reading glasses (1.5) about 4 years ago when I was 49.  Lloyd is correct, lead to a decent education and less TV watching for me.  

I read an article a few months back about some Asian children are having issues with their eyes.  I think the article stated these children do not use their far sight enough (as in they don't go outside and play and look at the horizon enough or ride bikes or drive) so their eyes are not trained to look far away.  
Posted by: DoS, Friday, June 7, 2013, 9:22pm; Reply: 3
People just wanted an excuse for why their eyes went downhill. It makes no sense.
Posted by: aussielady582, Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:30am; Reply: 4
Many factors affect vision/eyesight.  Genetics, nutrition, lack of exercise, emotional trauma or stress. Even with genetic factors, we can help, ie with right nutrition, good habits which include our bowel/elimination habits (to keep bodily/metabolic wastes out of the body), excercise - I think being outdoors for part of the day essential, looking out to the horizon. There are vision improvement kits available in some shops or maybe online.  The optic nerve is part of the nervous system and so a strong overall nervous system will help the vision - again comes back to nutrition, lifestyle, mental attitude, healthy enviroment.  Eating plenty of vegetables is very important I'd say as antioxidants will help, I now start the day with carrot/celery juice, maybe add in a little raw spinach some days.
Posted by: Adopted4, Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:30pm; Reply: 5
My daughter used to read with a flashlight under the covers at night until we recently got her a decent kindle that has an adjustable light. It is a pastime that really seems to help her wind down at night, so anytime she has it taken away or temporarily loses it, she really has a hard time going to sleep.

I just don't want to regret later that we allowed her so much freedom to read.

Aussielady, you mentioned the optic nerve and that was one of the three problems she was born with in her right eye. The optic nerve didn't attach properly, so I wonder if her birth mother had a Vitamin A deficiency? Or perhaps she had another deficiency that caused the birth defect.
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, June 10, 2013, 7:15am; Reply: 6
Reading or working all day with ones eyes is no issue.  My mom worked with her eyes sewing all the many years, and reading on weekends.. yet her eyesight was no worse than others.  Good light and maybe day light light is important.. The bigger issue is macular degeneration in older age, but eating healthier will make a difference there also.  Smoking would not be good, but even smokers have no worse macular degeneration than those who do not. Still things like diabetes might be a bigger worry.. and food makes all the difference there also.  
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:11pm; Reply: 7
I suggest your child or you, or both of you ;) read a book "Do it yourself Natural Eyesight improvement"

People eyesight can be improved.

I shall message a link.
Posted by: aussielady582, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4:16am; Reply: 8
Yes, Adopted4, could well be the birth mother had a deficiency, I was adopted and I think my bio'l mother was not in good health at all, also as someone recently reminded me, as I wasn't breast fed, the zinc levels were probably low which can then cause other problems. The birth mother can often be under much stress and some think this is transferred to the baby even before birth.
Posted by: Spring, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 3:38am; Reply: 9
I keep reading claims that there is no evidence that eye fatigue causes any problems at all.
Posted by: Lin, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 1:46pm; Reply: 10
Adopted 4,
Some very good points made by all on the many things that contribute to the eyesight.
Adding breaks from any work that is close up work whether reading or anything that is within 12 inches is supposed to be good, so that you can exercise the focusing muscles for longer distances across room or outside longer distances.
I think it is wonderful to have a child who loves reading that much,  it's a wonderful pleasure and so educational.
Posted by: Adopted4, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 8:52pm; Reply: 11
Thank you for all the insight everyone. The book policychecker recommended has just arrived in the mail and will be very helpful for many members in my family, although my daughter is the only one that wants to read almost all the time.

Warm weather and getting outside helps a lot, though sometimes she takes her kindle outside to read when she wants to take a break from playing and exploring in our woods. She's also been into WII fitness and really wears herself out physically, which a type O girl like her needs.
Posted by: 47998 (Guest), Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:39am; Reply: 12
I have been an avid book reader since I was a child reading under the bed covers etc.  I had my eyes tested last week and there is no need for any kind of glasses even though I am not in my late 50's.  :)
Posted by: Adopted4, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:49pm; Reply: 13
Welcome, Barb. I hope you're finding the forums here useful and informative.

Do you know your blood type?
Posted by: 47998 (Guest), Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:59am; Reply: 14
Yes Adopted4 I am A negative and trying to find some information on the rhesus factor and whether it plays a part, but I am finding it a bit hard to find threads but I will get there and thank you for the welcome.  :)
Posted by: Adopted4, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7:12pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from 47998
Yes Adopted4 I am A negative and trying to find some information on the rhesus factor and whether it plays a part, but I am finding it a bit hard to find threads but I will get there and thank you for the welcome.  :)

Rh factor isn't relevant if you're following the blood type diet, but in calculating your genotype you would "score points" as a Teacher or Explorer.  If you bought a SWAMI you would have to enter your Rh factor as a required field to complete your genotype profile.

Your secretor status is much more relevant to refine your diet. The website gives profiles of the 6 genotypes as well as information on ordering secretor tests and/or SWAMI.

Hope this helps.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, June 20, 2013, 3:47pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from 47998
I am A negative and trying to find some information on the rhesus factor and whether it plays a part, but I am finding it a bit hard to find threads

Live Right 4 Your Type shows portion frequency differences for Rh, A2, and MN subtypes...  The only differences I see for Type A Rh(-) is to decrease the Grains and Starches category and the Fruits and Fruit Juices category by 1 serving per week each.

If you get SWAMI, this will all be calculated in...
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