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Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

If you look around, you’re liable to find that almost everyone is texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are super convenient when it comes to being in touch when we’re on the move. Nevertheless because handheld devices have small screens, a lot of users usually hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer than they would hold printed materials. Reading off handheld devices can often lead to a whole set of demands for your vision.

Because everyone holds smart phones so close, our eyes end up working hard, just to look at text and images. Eventually, research shows this may cause problems with focus and vision, especially for those who already wear glasses. Some research shows evidence that when such individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. Your eyes strain, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren’t pleasant.

But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your smartphone too close can make you blink less, which can dry your eyes and make it harder to see clearly.

But we can’t all just stop using our phones. So what’s the solution? In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, it’s best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and hold the screen further away from your face. Also, don’t use your phone too much! If it’s been a while, let your eyes have a little time away from the screen. We all need technology, but it’s important to be smart about how we use it, in order to help preserve our vision.