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Too much texting could make you blind

Too much texting could make you blind
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They say that love is blind, but this is ridiculous.

A 26-year-old Chinese man was obsessed with texting his girlfriend. So much so, that he had to have emergency surgery on one of his eyes.

After hours of texting, mostly in the dark, the man began to see sudden flashes in his vision. His retina had become detached from the back of his eye.

Without emergency surgery, patients can become permanently blind. While retinal detachment is common among older people, it's becoming increasingly common with younger people -- especially those that are glued to their screens.

“Our eyes have evolved for three-dimensional viewing,” Andrea Thau, a New York City-based optometrist who is also part of the American Optometric Association, told NBC News, “so we wind up overfocusing as we strain to find a 3-D image on a close-up 2-D screen.”

This doesn't have to become a common problem. You can avoid this kind of eye strain by unplugging for a few hours every day.

Put away your phone, turn off the computer and the TV. Go take a walk, play with your pets or spend time with your family; you won't regret it.

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