Hospitals across the country are seeing more and more patients, ages 22-44 years old, complaining about temporary blindness. The patients complain of being blind between 2 minutes and 15 minutes.
After conducting tests, doing MRI scans, and heart checks, doctors took a closer look at the women’s behaviors. That’s when they made a shocking discovery!
We’re all guilty of scrolling through Instagram before falling asleep, and now doctors have linked excessive phone usage to this pattern of temporary blindness. Sadly, one woman continued even after doctors warned her that the damage could be permanent.
Further research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, helps us better understand why cell using your phone at night causes temporary blindness. Most of us check our phones while lying on one side of their body. This causes one eye to work overtime while analyzing your phone.
One eye gets used to darkness, while the other gets used to the brightness of the screen. Once we finally go to sleep, this discrepancy between the eyes confuses the brain. It is unable to distinguish between daytime and nighttime.
Sadly, this confusion can lead to the symptoms of temporary blindness, and in the worst-case scenario can even cause lasting damage to the eye.
With the rise of cell phone usage, the light that comes from the LED screens on our cell phones is absorbed by our eyes in quantities greater than ever before.
Because smartphones are so new, doctors have been unable to diagnose temporary blindness caused by LED lights.
Researchers at Harvard have also discovered links between cell phone light and a range of other illnesses. These include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
H/T: David Wolfe