Thursday, September 1, 2016

“Smartphone Blindness” – A New Condition to Discuss with an Eye Doctor

An unusual and unsettling piece of news has come from the New England Journal of Medicine: smartphone use could lead to temporary blindness.

Before you raise the alarm – after all, you might be reading this very article on your smartphone – there are two key points from this study, publicized in June.

First, this condition, dubbed “transient smartphone blindness”, was experienced by two women who used their smartphones in complete dark.

Second, they were looking at their phones using only one eye. They were laying on their beds, one side of their face to the pillow. Their other eye was covered by it.

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