[FACT OR FAKE #57] Did Late-Night Texting Cause Some Guy’s Retina To Detach?
Last week, a story spread quickly outside of China, where it was first reported by the English-Language WantChina Times that a Chinese man suffered detached retina after hours texting his girlfriend in the dark
It was then picked up by other websites, from major tech sites like CNET to news outlets all over the world
The reports said that the 26-year-old, from the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, China, had spent hours texting his girlfriend, both at work and at night in bed
When he began to experience sudden flashes in the corner of his eye, he went to the doctor, who promptly diagnosed him with retinal detachment. The man had to have emergency eye surgery to restore his vision.dailydot.com
While retinal detachment is usually a common problem among the elderly, the condition has been increasingly becoming more prevalent among young people thanks to excessive cellphone use, eye expert Yu Bin told the Want China Times.wantchinatimes.com
So, did late-night texting really cause this guy retinal detachment? How much of it is FACT or FAKE?
FAKE: Late-night texting did not cause the guy’s retina to detach
A New York ophthalmologist told the Daily Dot that the young man’s condition probably wasn't caused by late-night texting.washingtonpost.com
“There's no proof that most devices we use, like computers and smartphones, cause damage to the retina,” he told me, adding that the man might have had an underlying condition that caused his symptoms.dailydot.com
Although there are a number of conditions that are potentially triggered by excessive cellphone use, retina detachment "is not on the list"
While numerous research studies have been devoted to the link between eye disorders and excessive cellphone use, Guillory says we don't really know enough about it to say for sure.dailydot.com
But we do know that smartphone users are vulnerable to computer vision syndrome, which can result in blurred vision or permanent nearsightedness. So the next time you're texting your girlfriend panda emojis at 3am, it's probably a good idea to put down the phone just to be safe.washingtonpost.com
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