When I was a child, I was told that reading a book on a moving vehicle (a car or a bus) could cause the retina to detach. I always doubted that, since I could not imagine how it would happen.

Is there any truth to that statement?

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The Mayo Clinic page on retinal detachment does not list either trains or reading as causes, and the closest it comes to reading on a vehicle for risk factors is "Previous severe eye injury or trauma", which you don't get without something bad happening to the vehicle.

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