INTRODUCTION: In recent years, mobile phone usage duration has increased rapidly and this has raised concerns about the toxic effects of exposure to radio frequency radiation. Many studies have shown that exposure to radiofrequency radiations may be associated with effects on the endocrine, nervous, ocular, cardiovascular and reproduction systems. The main aim of this study is to investigate the effect of 4.5 G compatible mobile phones radiation on intraocular pressure.
METHODS: A total of 32 Wistar albino male rats, 16 sham and 16 experimental groups, were used in the experiments. The rats in the experimental group were exposed to a 4.5G compatible mobile phone for 2 hours a day for 45 days. The rats in the Sham group were kept in the same environment for the same period of time with the mobile phone turned off. The specific absorption rate (SAR) value, skin temperature and intraocular pressure of rats were measured as analysis parameters. The maximum SAR value was calculated as 0.006 W/kg per 10 g of tissue.
RESULTS: No significant difference was observed between the sham and experimental groups in terms of body temperature. Intraocular pressure decreased significantly in the experimental group compared to the control group.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: As a result of the study, it was thought that the use of 4.5 G compatible smartphones may cause a decrease in intraocular pressure and may pose a significant risk for visual function.