Inspired by this answer, I was about to ask a question about how to maintain or improve my eyesight, especially as a Database Admin/Dev who spends plenty of time in front of the computer. However, it looks like wellness questions are generally not welcome here.

Is that correct? Should I wait for this Area 51 proposal to go live and ask there?

Or should I just talk to my doctor? :)

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    Just phrase it properly: "What's a good home exercise for toning my ciliaries?"
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 1:34
  • FYI there is a health SE proposal that is in commitment phase. Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 22:37

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If there is some connection to "fitness" then you're on topic. Generally speaking though, wellness questions don't belong on the site. My question on ergonomics was deemed to be off-topic as another example.

Robert Cartaino's answer regarding injury/illness recovery is good criteria for determining what is on topic and what is not.

On Topic

  • Dealing with exercise-related injuries are on topic.
    "I pulled a muscle running. Apply heat or cold?"

  • Working around health-related issues in the context of reaching physical fitness, on topic.
    "I have allergies. What is a good exercise to replace my morning jog when I can't go outside?"

Off Topic

  • General medical/health "recovering from illness" questions (unless there is a significant "physical fitness" component), off topic.
    "What are the best remedies to speed up recovery from a cold?" — off topic

Medical questions shouldn't really belong on this site either, but it depends on the nature of it. Again, I would refer to Robert's answer. If you have to ask whether you should see a doctor or ask us (where there aren't any doctors at all), then you should go see a doctor. There's nothing stopping you from submitting to the "Health" proposal on Area 51.

  • Great breakdown +1 Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 13:57

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