Transient Smartphone “Blindness”

Transient Smartphone “Blindness”
N Engl J Med 2016; 374:2502-2504June 23, 2016

manufacturers are producing screens with increased brightness to offset background ambient luminance and thereby allow easy reading. Hence, presentations such as we describe are likely to become more frequent.

the eye that had viewed the smartphone had much lower retinal sensitivity than the eye that had been covered (this interocular difference is what the patients perceived as transient monocular blindness).

After approximately 20 minutes, responses from both eyes were very similar

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