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Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

Let’s face the facts – we’re totally dependent on smartphones. These devices guarantee our access to our friends, family and work no matter where we find ourselves. However many people have a habit of holding their handheld devices very close to their faces. This gives way to a number of demands on your vision that make your eyes operate in a different way than they usually do to read regular small print.

Because we all hold smart phones so close, our eyes end up working hard, just to focus on text and images. It won’t come as a shock to know that this might cause problems, not least for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals spend significant amounts of time with their phone at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. Your eyes strain, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren’t pleasant.

There are more symptoms that can result from these habits, including dry eyes or blurry vision, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which lessens how much you blink.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our phones, it’s best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your face. It’s also recommended to try using your phone in shorter increments, and giving your eyes lots of rests. We all need technology, but it’s crucial to be smart about how we use it, in order to protect our vision.