Key-Whitman's Amanda Hoelscher, O.D. Featured on NBC 5

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 22-Aug-2016

Smartphones May Cause Temporary Blindness

Nowadays, most people use their phone for a wide range of things, including shopping, communicating, getting the news, checking emails, and more. In fact, according to PCWorld, about 68 percent of adults in the United States owns a smartphone. While these devices can be convenient, they can also have a negative impact on eye health.

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth featured a New England Journal of Medicine report that two women experienced temporary blindness after checking their phones in the dark. Both women viewed their phones with one eye while the other eye remained covered by the pillow. Each experienced blindness for about twenty minutes. Amanda Hoelscher, an optometrist at Key-Whitman Eye Center, spoke to NBC 5 about the dangers of viewing a smartphone with one eye covered and one eye looking at the phone.

She explained, “The eyes photo-adapted differently. It’s much like if you were looking at a camera flash and you went blind from the camera flash. We are seeing that same phenomenon when looking at a smartphone.”

The simple solution for this is to use both eyes when reading a smartphone, especially in darkness or dim lighting.

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At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we truly care about your eye health. If you have experienced temporary blindness or are suffering from other eye issues, we encourage you to contact our team today. We are excited to improve your life and health as soon as possible!

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