People nowadays can’t live without their phones. We rely on it for our social lives, for work, and for general entertainment. We’re so constantly connected that we can even get anxiety and feel “phantom vibrations” when we don’t take our phones with us. But if you thought your reliance on smartphones is bad, you may have met your match.
A 21-year-old woman known as Xiao Wu (not her real name) from Dongguang, China was so addicted to her mobile game on her smartphone that she became permanently blind in her right eye. In a report from AsiaOne, she’d play popular mobile game King of Glory from the moment she had breakfast in the morning at around 6am, take a nap at 4pm, then continue after she wakes up till about 2am.
“Sometimes I lose track of time, I don’t eat even when my parents ask me to,” Xiao Wu said. “Now I feel afraid and regret (for not listening to them),” she said.
Xiao Wu felt something was off after one of her usual gaming sessions and she ended up being hospitalised after doctors diagnosed her with retinal artery occlusion, a condition that normally occurs in old people.
Negative Effects Of Prolonged Phone Use
If you, or anyone you know, can’t stop staring at your phone no matter how hard you try, remember it’s doing you more harm than good.
The combination of holding your phone too close and staring at tiny font can lead to eyestrain, headaches, dry eye, and blurred vision, according to research from the SUNY College of Optometry.
Additionally, blue light from your devices may be linked to macular degeneration, an impairment of your central vision. Plus, not blinking fully while staring at a screen can cause “computer vision syndrome”—dryness, pain, and fatigue.
So the next time you feel like you’ve been staring at your screens for too long, take a breather, and look away every 20 min to give your eyes a well-deserved break. The last thing you want is to end up like Xiao Wu.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer