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Your Eyes and Your Smartphone

These days, it seems hard to find someone not on some sort of smartphone. These devices ensure that we have access to our friends, family and work wherever we are. However a lot of people hold their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. Reading like this can be hard on your vision.

Because people tend to hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to look at text and images. It won’t come as a shock to know that this might lead to issues, especially for people who already have glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close to your face will make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren’t pleasant.

There are more symptoms that can result from holding your device too close to your eyes, including blurred vision and dry eyes, because excessive screen time makes you blink less.

But we can’t all just stop using our phones. So what’s the solution? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, as eye care professionals, 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 try using your phone in shorter increments, and giving your eyes lots of rests. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might need glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. So be responsible about how you use your smart phone and care for your eyes to ensure you protect your vision

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