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Doctors have identified a new smartphone hazard, albeit an ultimately benign one. They report in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first known cases of "transient smartphone blindness," temporary vision loss that appears to be harmless.

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Pretty scary. I'll stick to my flip phone, thank you very much.
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LOL, that's why I keep one eye closed when I turn the light on in the kitchen after midnight. I've got one dark adjusted eye in reserve to dodge my dogs toys after I turn the light back off.
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Pretty scary. I'll stick to my flip phone, thank you very much.

Did you read your own article? tongue.gif

This has nothing to do with flip vs smart phones, or even phones really. Having a light on a book would produce the same effect.
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Did you read your own article? tongue.gif

This has nothing to do with flip vs smart phones, or even phones really. Having a light on a book would produce the same effect.

Woops :O
    
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

Did you read your own article? tongue.gif

This has nothing to do with flip vs smart phones, or even phones really. Having a light on a book would produce the same effect.

Yes, this is what the article says:

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Doctors have identified a new smartphone hazard... They report in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first known cases of "[...] smartphone blindness," [...] vision loss... For the two UK women identified as suffering from it, the blindness was brought on by using their smartphones while lying on their sides in the dark...

For both women, who were 22 and 40 at the time, the vision loss lasted up to 15 [...] months, reports Live Science. [...] (Regular smartphone use is tied to ADHD-like symptoms.)

I edited some parts out so it was a bit shorter. thumb.gif Sounds pretty scary to me!
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This is why I use a flip phone instead of a smartphone. Less radiation too thumb.gif
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More interesting than "it was a cell phone"
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the blindness was brought on 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. This caused one eye to adjust to the darkness while the other was adapted to the brightness. When the smartphone was turned off, "the symptoms were always in the eye contralateral to the side on which the patient was lying"—that is, the dark-adjusted eye responds fine to the now-dark room, but the light-adjusted eye seemed to suffer blindness for a short period.

If your using a flip phone with contrasting brightness in the same manner, in practice it would be the same.

At least thats how I understood it.
    
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More interesting than "it was a cell phone"
If your using a flip phone with contrasting brightness in the same manner, in practice it would be the same.

At least thats how I understood it.

Pretty sure Unicorn is trolling after that quote tongue.gif. There are some pants on head conspiracy guys on here though, that will buy pretty much anything it seems. There was a guy who thought the space station wasn't real, even though you can see it with your own eyes in amateur telescopes.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

Pretty sure Unicorn is trolling after that quote tongue.gif. There are some pants on head conspiracy guys on here though, that will buy pretty much anything it seems. There was a guy who thought the space station wasn't real, even though you can see it with your own eyes in amateur telescopes.

I dont know, I dont spend enough time on here to gather personas on members but leaving out the actual scenario (catalyst) in favor of "smart phones" caused this is disingenuous to the subject matter...
    
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