Yet another smartphone hazard has been identified by doctors – “transient smartphone blindness,” a temporary vision loss that appears to be harmless.

The discovery was made by a team of London-based doctors and the first two cases were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In the published research, two U.K. women, 22 and 40, were identified as sufferers.

The blindness was caused in the two women by using their smartphones while lying on their sides in the dark in such a way that only one eye was viewing the bright screen while the other was blocked by a pillow.

The result of constantly assuming this position was that one eye got adjusted to the darkness while the other was adapted to the brightness.

With this discovery, doctors are now alerting smartphone users to the unusual phenomenon as they warn them of excessive use of their smartphones, especially in the dark.

The women complained of recurring episodes of temporary vision loss for up to 15 minutes. 

Not to worry, this has nothing to do with the quality or make of your smartphone for those looking to throw away their phones in fear.

What caused the blindness for the two women as stated earlier is the way they stared at the screen of their smartphones – with only one eye in the dark while resting on their side in bed with their other eye covered by the pillow.

You can avoid this deficiency if you endeavour to look at your phone with both eyes, if at all you must in the dark.


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