Doctors were puzzled when two women, aged 22 and 44, reported recurring episodes of blindness lasting up to 15 minutes.
After countless MRIs, heart scans and other medical tests proved inconclusive, doctors began digging into the patients’ history. What they found blew the case wide open, so to speak.
The doctors were able to link their temporary blindness to cell phone use before bed.
One of the women refused to stop checking her phone before bed even after the connection was made.
They used their phones while lying on their side. When you do this, one eye focuses on the screen and the other is blocked by your pillow.
The causes one eye to adapt to the bright light from the phone, while the other adapts to total or partial darkness.
So when you turn your phone on, your brain gets very confused! One eye is telling it that it is dark, and the other eye says it’s bright daylight!
It’s a recipe for temporary blindness – and eventually, permanent eye damage.
The blue light emitted from cell phones is a lot more damaging than many people realize.
This exposure is a relatively new phenomenon. It’s only in the past 20 years or so that LED screens have become popular in the home.
Originally, many people – even eye doctors – didn’t see much of an issue. But now the severity of the damage caused by long nighttime exposure to blue light is becoming clear as patients are presenting with alarming rates of eye deterioration.
One eye doctor says that some of his 30-year-old patients have eye lenses so cloudy due to nighttime blue light exposure that they resemble those of 70-year-olds.
There has also been found a link between exposure to blue light from phones and cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
It’s not clear exactly why blue light has such far-reaching health effects, but doctors are learning more and more every day.