The amount of time we spend staring at screens has increased dramatically in the last few years.
We know that our sedentary lifestyles spent staring at screens impacts our physical health thanks to the obesity crisis, and we’re starting to explore the impact on our mental well-being as anxiety disorders are on the rise, but what effect is all this screen time having on our eyesight?
Looking at your smartphone in the dark may cause temporary blindness. Doctors discovered this condition when two women in the UK reported mysterious vision problems that happened only during the night or early in the morning.
According to medical experts, this vision problem occurs when people look at the bright screens of their smartphones in a dark room.
In a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of two women aged 22 and 40, who experienced “transient smartphone blindness” for months.
The 22-year-old woman said she had trouble seeing from her right eye at night lying in bed, and that this happened multiple times a week for one year. She could only see an object’s outline with her right eye. Her left eye vision was normal, and both eyes were able to see normally the following day.
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