TORONTO – Doctors in England have treated two women who have suffered temporary blindness in one eye. Initially, the doctors were unable to properly determine the cause of the temporary blindness until they began to examine the timelines of when the blindness occurred. To their surprise doctors were able to determine that both women were using their cell phones at night. Specifically, the women were viewing text on their cell phone in the dark while they laid on their side. Their pillow would cover one eye while the women read text on their phone with the open eye.
The result was temporary blindness that would last anywhere from 15 minutes to several days. The covered eye would work properly in the daytime while the “reading eye” would have obstructed vision. The women’s conditions were treated when they refrained from viewing their phones at night and rested both of their eyes.
Ironically, this condition was similar to eye conditions caused when sea captains wore eye patches while at sea. The patch covered eye was able to better adjust at night and was useful for navigation purposes.
Doctors warn that cell phone use should be done responsibly and in proper lighting to prevent similar eye conditions.