(CAMERA FLASH) Three-Month-Old Baby Left BLIND!
Three-month old baby from China has lost its eyesight after a family friend forgot to turn off the flash on a camera which was only 25 cm away from the baby. Soon after this photo was taken, the parents noticed that something was wrong with their baby`s vision, so they visited a doctor.
Doctors confirmed that the baby has suffered irreparable damage from the flash of the camera. They diagnosed partial damage in the left eye and total blindness in the right eye with. The damage was said to be permanent and could not be fixed with surgery.
A three-month-old baby was left BLIND in one eye after a family friend forgot to turn off the camera flash and took his picture...
Hoax or Fact:
The story that caught wide attention online talks about a three-month-old Baby from China who supposedly lost its eyesight after a family friend forgot to turn off the flash on a camera that was just 25 cm away from the baby. It is said that upon examination, doctors confirmed partial damage in the left eye and total blindness in the right eye that could not be fixed with surgery. Let us analyze the authenticity of the story that went viral online and caused many parents to worry about the habit of taking pictures of their young ones and newborns.
Origin of Story
On 27 July 2015, the story was reported on mail Online website dailymail.co.uk, wherein it was said that the baby was left blind after a family friend took photo with flash on. The source of their information was reported to be the People's Daily Online website society.people.com.cn, which in turn sourced it from Guangming Daily life.gmw.cn, who got it from qq.com news, which again cited news.dahe.cn. The origin of story is said to be from Henan TV people's livelihood -- without any actual reference and details of the victim (baby), family members or the medical doctors who examined the child. So it is unclear whether the damage to the eyes of the baby shown in the picture was caused by a camera flash. After mentioning the story, the dahe article mentions the vision harm among children caused by excess use of electronic devices, like those of iPad, mobile phones, television.
The flash coming from a camera, in general, is kind of light scattering that can only have temporary, harmless effect on the eyes of young ones and babies. It is usually the too long, too close exposure to high intensity light such as infrared rays, ultraviolet rays or electric welding that can cause permanent damage to eyes. Notably, the articles mentioned above detailed the incident saying the flash from the camera -- damaged cells in the boy’s macula, the part of the eye where incoming light rays are focused, and that such damages can lead to the loss of central vision. However, the chief of pediatric ophthalmology and ocular genetics at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Alex Levin called the events detailed in the story as “inconceivable.” He also added that if the story were true, there would have been lots of blind babies.
So the authenticity of the story in question cannot be confirmed at this point of time. Many reputable sources in fact say flash cameras do not harm babies and allow taking pictures of newborns from a safe distance. In case of doubt, you can always take photographs without the need of flash.