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Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

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Do you ever think about the effect your mobile device might be having on your eyes? In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they let us be in touch with whoever we want almost always. However because these devices sport small screens, most people tend to hold their smartphones a lot closer to their eyes than they hold printed materials. Reading off handheld devices can often create a whole set of problems for your vision.

Small text and images require your eyes to work much harder just to focus properly. Eventually, this has been found to lead to difficulty with focus and vision, especially if you already wear glasses. Any eye care professional will tell you that when people who wear glasses have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. When your eyes are under unnecessary pressure, it generally results in painful headaches or migraines as a result of the eyestrain.

Also, a lot of time looking at your small screen can make you blink less, and that can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to prevent these symptoms resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to set the text to be much bigger and ensure that you keep your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It's also beneficial to remember to regularly give yourself a break from staring at your phone. You've only got one pair of eyes. Care for them well.