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

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.

Experiencing Issues with Your Vision? Call Key-Whitman Eye Center Today.

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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