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Keeping an Eye on Your Smartphone

Take a look around- you're liable to discover that most people – even children – are texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. These devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. Nevertheless as these devices sport small screens, most people usually hold their smartphones a lot closer to their eyes than they would hold printed materials. Reading off handheld devices can actually lead to a whole set of challenges for your eyes.

Small text and images require your eyes to work much harder just to see clearly. This can create problems, particularly for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Some research shows evidence that when people who wear glasses have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leaves you with unpleasant headaches or migraines as a result of the eyestrain.

But that's not all. There are more symptoms that can be caused by these habits, including blurred vision and dry eyes, because excessive screen time reduces how much you blink.

In order to prevent these symptoms resulting from the use of handheld devices, we recommend keeping your phone at a safe distance from your eyes, and make the text a little bigger, so you can still read it. It's also beneficial to remember to regularly give your eyes a break from staring at your phone. If you still experience eyestrain, it might be time for glasses to help you focus up close. Being smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.