Report: Using smartphones in bed, in the dark may cause temporary blindness

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)

BOSTON (NEW10) –  A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that individuals using their smartphones in bed could suffer from temporary blindness.

According to the report, symptoms occurred when people used their smartphone, in the dark, while blocking one their eyes. For example, someone laying on their side with one of their eyes being blocked by a pillow while using their phone.

Symptoms started several minutes after viewing the cell phone screen.

Temporary blindness occurred in the eye that was exposed to the smartphone’s light.

Doctors say the temporary blindness occurs because one of your eyes is adjusting to the bright light from the smartphone while other is getting used to the darkness.

The report highlighted cases where two women reported several months of recurrent impaired vision problems.

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