Woman Temporarily Blinded After Spending Too Much Time on Smartphone
In the age of digital addiction, smartphones are constantly at hand. However, the side-effects of continual phone usage can be worse than just a little distraction — or a dinner companion finding you rude.
A woman who has chosen to remain anonymous recently discovered that by spending too much time on her phone, she was forcing her eyes into overdrive. And as it turned out, the results were surprisingly extreme.
“The following morning, as soon as she woke up, she picked up her phone and started to use it again. About five minutes later, the patient discovered that she was unable to see out of her left eye. She couldn’t see anything.”
The woman’s vision had completely vanished in her left eye as a result of burst blood vessels caused by over-strain.
“It was important that we treated her quickly in order for her to not suffer any long-term effects,” Wangjian said.
She was diagnosed with Valsalva retinopathy, which “leads to a rapid rise of intravenous pressure within the eye, causing retinal vessels to spontaneously rupture,” according to Medscape.
Doctors believed her illness was a direct result of physical exertion, WPLG reported.
According to AsiaWire’s report, Physicians quickly got to work treating the condition, using laser surgery to open a small hole in the woman’s retina. This allowed the blood to drain, ultimately restoring her vision.
However, had she waited longer to seek treatment, she might have experienced permanent damage, according to Wangjian.
The organization urged those who use digital devices for work or entertainment to minimize risks by utilizing artificial tears, limiting exposure at night and using matte screen filters on phones, in order to reduce glare.
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