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Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

It’s official – we’re addicted to our mobile devices. We can’t deny that these devices are wonderful, because they let us be in touch with whoever we want whenever we need to be. However most people hold their phones and tablets very close to their eyes. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can actually lead to a whole set of problems for your vision.

It’s a challenge for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the small screens of smartphones. Eventually, research shows this may lead to problems with focus and vision, especially for those who already wear glasses. Some research shows evidence that when such individuals spend a lot of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren’t pleasant.

Also, more time looking at your small screen can reduce your blink rate, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to prevent these symptoms resulting from the use of handheld devices, we recommend that you hold the phone further away, and make the text a little bigger, so you can still read it. It’s also recommended to work towards using your device in shorter increments, and letting your eyes have lots of rests. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, you might need glasses to help you focus up close. You’ve only got one pair of eyes. Care for them well.