Smartphones can cause temporary Blindness, confirmed by doctors
It’s a common occurrence. You wake up in the night or early in the morning, reach for your smartphone, and take a look at what’s happening in the world — maybe with one eye open and one still closed, perhaps buried in your pillow.
Now, imagine that just after you’ve checked in with friends, family and your stock portfolio, you switch off the phone and find that you’re blind in the eye that’s been focused on the phone. Have you had a stroke at the loss of dollars in your account? While that’s a possibility, another phenomenon called transient smartphone blindness has just been identified.
According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, two women (a very small sampling, to be sure) have been diagnosed with what appears to be short-term blindness or impaired vision from looking at their smartphones in the dark with one eye.
The women had complained to their doctors of temporary blindness or impaired vision for months. A variety of medical tests revealed nothing to explain the problem and the women eventually sought help from a group of London eye specialists, who diagnosed the situation fairly quickly.
“I simply asked them, ‘What exactly were you doing when this happened?'” Gordon Plant of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London told an AP reporter.