Do you like watching movies or Korean dramas with your lights off at night? Do you stare for too long at your phones before you sleep with nothings else acts as light but your phone screens? Well, then let me tell you, limit that habit as much and as soon as possible, since the effects you might get because of it will be scary.
Doctors have now been alerting others after two women complained about having temporary blindness from constantly checking their phones at night. these women, ages 22 and 40, experienced “transient smartphone blindness” for months. The recurring episodes of temporary loss of vision was up to 15 minutes. They were then subjected to medical exams, MRI Scans and Heart tests, but none of those were able to pinpoint the problem. They then visited an eye specialist who solved the case.
“I simply asked them, ’What exactly were you doing when this happened?” recalled Dr. Gordon Plant of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London.
Both women answered that they usually looked at their smartphones with one eye closed. The other was looking at the smartphone, while the other eye, covered by the pillow, stared at the dark.
Thus making the other eye, adapt to the light, which makes it hard for them to see in the dark, since their eyes are still taking a few minutes to catch up to the adaptability of the other eye.
Temporary Blindness could be prevented when people look at their smartphones with both eyes instead of just one.
One of the women was relieved that the blindness didn’t indicate any more serious problem but the other woman, took too long to accept it. She was more skeptical thus she made a month long diary tracking her vision, until she finally believed the specialist.
Dr. Rahul Khurana, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, shared that it was really hard to force people to believe that the blindness was caused by using the smartphone with one eye, and that not many users would have experienced the phenomenon. Eventually he added, that his wife tried to recreate the scenario, but said that it was difficult checking her phone with one eye.
SOURCE : The Guardian