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Keeping an Eye on Your Smartphone

Lately, it seems that we’re totally dependent on our mobile devices. It’s hard to avoid the fact that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to stay connected whenever we need to be. However as these devices sport little screens, a lot of people tend to hold their smartphones much closer to their eyes than they would hold books and magazines. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that require your eyes to work in a way that’s different to its normal activity.

Because people tend to hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to look at text and images. Over time, research shows this may cause difficulty with focus and vision, especially for those who already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Researches claim that when such individuals spend a lot of time with their phone at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leads to unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

There are more symptoms that can be caused by these habits, including dry eyes or blurry vision, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which makes you blink less.

But we can’t all just stop using our phones. So what’s the solution? In order to lessen these symptoms caused by our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to make the text on your device as big as possible and try to keep your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It’s also good to try using your phone in shorter increments, and letting your eyes have lots of rests. If you still experience headaches, you might have presbyopia, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you’re concerned about. Being smart about your smartphone will protect your eyes.