A woman in Zhejiang province suffered a detached retina after spending hours every day looking at her smartphone in the dark, doctors said.
Shanghai Daily reports that the woman, surnamed Liu, went to the doctor after she’d noticed that the vision in one of her eyes had become cloudy over the past week.
“When the doctor covered my left eye, everything I saw with my right was distorted. Rectangular objects become elliptical,” she said.
Liu’s doctor told her that she’d experienced a partial retina detachment, and when she explained that she spent two to three hours ever day looking at her smartphone in a dark room, he blamed this as the cause.
Zhao Bingkun, an ophthalmologist in Zhejiang, said long hours staring at a bright screen in the dark can cause the ciliary muscle to overcontract.
This affects its ability to accommodate changes in the lens when viewing objects at varying distances.
Retina detachment can lead to blindness, and ophthalmologists are seeing a growing number of patients suffering from the condition.
This trend is attributed to users staring at the screens of computers and handsets for too long without a break.
A similar case was seen in a man from Fujian, who spent 10 hours every day running a shop on Taobao and lost vision in his eye last November.
Health professionals have urged those wired to their phones and computers to take frequent screen breaks. Not good news for the blog hermits among us.
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