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Man has detached retina after too much texting

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Here’s a lesson for those who spend far too much time on their mobile phones.

A 26-year-old man from China suffered a detached retina after hours of texting his girlfriend in the dark.

He used mobile phone messaging app, WeChat, nonstop throughout the day and several hours at night in bed, reported. 

He had to undergo emergency surgery after his eyesight became plagued with sudden flashes, and he discovered his left eye’s retina had become detached.

Retinal detachment, prevalent among older people, has become increasingly common in youngsters due to excessive mobile phone use, the report said.

The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue inside the eye, which sends messages through the optic nerve to the brain. 


A detached retina means it is being pulled from its normal position. It can result in blindness if not treated.

Yu Bin, an eye expert, told WantChina Times that this was an extreme case, but that it was possible that people could have problems with vision if they use their mobile phones to text excessively.

Dr Andrea Thau, a New York City-based optometrist, told NBC News that eyes have evolved for three-dimensional viewing.

“So we wind up overfocusing as we strain to find a 3-D image on a close-up 2-D screen,” she was quoted as saying.
Source:, WantChina Times