Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

174 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Can flash photography cause damage to a newborn's vision?

Answered by
Dr. Ramesh Kumar


Practicing since :1991

Answered : 238 Questions

Posted on Tue, 22 May 2018 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Question: Hello doctor,

My wife and I just had our first child on Wednesday 12/13/17, he’s only 4 days old. My wife was holding him on the couch and my son was looking at my wife in a way where I wanted To catch the moment by taking a photo with my iPhone 7. I took my cell phone and attempted to take a picture at close range approximately 1-2 feet away from his face. THere was very low light in the room that we were in so as I took picture the automatic flash went off. My son immediately saw flash, closed his eyes and turned away. I’m worried that the flash so close to his face could damage his very delicate eyes. Is he going to be ok? Do I have anything to worry about? My baby boy has very light blue colored eyes. Hope my baby is ok. I’m a first time father and I’m stressing about this very badly. Hopefully his vision was effected.
Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
A newborn baby's eyes are not that delicate yet it may frighten him.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks fir query.
Once in a while you can take the photo with flash.
Its not goibg to cause any damage to his eyes as such but doing this frequently may frighten your infant again and again.
So as of now its ok.
but in future use camera in proper lights.
Try to avoid sudden flashes directly on baby.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar 23 minutes later
So now damage to his retina could of been done? I read a story about a baby who lost her vision due to a flash in china. One eye was completely blinded and the other had irreversible damage. That story I saw on internet is what made me concerned. So you think my child is fine, and I should not worry 100%?
Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:
A single flash from a XXXXXXX camera cant do so.Sir how do you know that retina of child in china was fully normal before that single flash or there was no ongoing disease in tha child.
Most of the reporters are nonscience students and print things without proper back ground research.
If an i phone could make a kid blind with single flashApple is too careful to add a warning with that.
Rest assure net is full of sham articles.
Mo one can take 100% gaurantee.I am a cardiac patient myself and am fully helathy and functional but i can’t take my gaurantee that things would be same till tomorrow.
Dont wirrykid is good.
Just look into his eyes smaile make some noise if he responds he can see you.

Take care!

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Retina

doctor1 MD

Is an eye transplant possible for a child who has retinopathy of prematurity, once the child is full grown and reached adulthood? My son, has a completely detattached retina in the right (so that eye is blind) and his vision in his left eye is in tact and he has 20/80 vision in that eye. He is turning 13 and has asked me this question and I wasn t sure.

doctor1 MD

last night I began to have aflash of light on my peripheral vision on the right side...very intermittent but when I closed my eyes to sleep there was nothing, Upon arising, I have had a few more do I need to call the eye doctor?

doctor1 MD

Have a large floater in left eye and see VERY small specks in vision in bright sunlight

doctor1 MD

My retiinologist said I have retinal scarring which often happens in older people. He said it is caused by the vitreous gel on the retina breaking loose leaving a little bit of the gel behind on the retina and causing blurriness when reading. I cannot seem to find anything on this subject on the internet. Are you familiar with this condition?

doctor1 MD

My 31/2 month pre-mature daughter was recently taken to the hospital due to bleeding around her brain from her retinal cord connected to her left eye. Specialist say that this may be the result of shaken baby syndrome. Though my wife and I are the only gardians of our child at all times. i have two questions. Is it possible that this could be the result another kind, type, or way of abuse? Or could she have had very little bleeding when born and time built all of now?

doctor1 MD

I went to the hospital thinking i had a heart attack they ran test and my heart showed up good,but i still hurting when i start getting tired right in my chest bone area,46,320 pounds,i have sleep apnea,i have die phertickalitic had my appendix removed and gallbladder,also my left and right eye retina detached,