Can too much gaming caused retinal detachment?

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Hi guys, i'm a programmer and i spend my time on the screen. I have floaters and i have astigmatism. Recently i got a new glasses and my astigmatism went up. Both eyes are at 300 for astigmatism. My optician just mentioned about astigmatism and nothing else. Im currently paranoid and would like to know if too much gaming or computer work can cause retinal detachment. I read somewhere that gaming wont get you retinal detachment. I hope to get some clarification from anyone. Thank you !

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    I don't know the answer to your question, although I suspect the answer is no. However, I do have a question about yr astigmatism. Do you have trouble with jumping patterns and lines? Or does white text on a black ground look as though it moves?

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    I'm not an expert but my answer to your question would also be a no. Retinal detachments are most often caused by the vitreous fluid tugging/pulling on the retina as it separates itself (comes with aging); or an injury could cause a detachment. I would, in any case, limit the amount of time spent gaming to avoid eye strain. Remember your eyes are meant to view the entire world, not just the video screen (and listen I'm guilty from watching way too much television lol). Astigmatism is due to irregularly shaped corneas (can happen at birth, after an injury, or laser surgery, etc.). So, take a break every so often. Go outside and take a walk. Go on a trip and really see the world (while you're young and healthy). And, of course, see your eye doctor annually!

    Take care!

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      One other note - because you mentioned that you are seeing floaters, I highly recommend that you make an appointment to see ophthalmologist (retinal specialist) instead of just your optician. You'll get better answers to your questions and a more thorough exam.

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    The answer is no. Like mgcj said it is a completely unrelated event. So do not worry!

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      No, eye strain can cause headaches but not a retinal detachment. A detachment happens when your eyes are going through vitreous degeneration and the attachment of the vitreous to the retinal pulls creating a hole (does not happen often with vitreous degeneration) or when there has been trauma to the eye.

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      when you say trauma, what do you mean by trauma? i did google too and it says about trauma and eye injury. i'm not sure what kind of eye injury

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