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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Do you ever wonder about the effect your mobile device might be having on your sight? Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our access to our friends, family and work wherever we are. Nevertheless because handheld devices are made with little screens, most users often hold their smartphones a lot closer than they would hold newspapers and books. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can often lead to a whole set of demands for your vision.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. Not surprisingly, this might create issues, not least for people who already have glasses or contact lenses. Researches claim that when such individuals spend a lot of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your device too close can make you blink less, and this can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to prevent these symptoms resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it's best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your eyes. And don't use your phone for too much time at once! If it's been a while, allow your eyes to have a little time away from the screen. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might be far-sighted, and need glasses to correct that. Come see us for an exam, if this is something you're experiencing. We can't give up technology, but it's important to be smart about how we engage with it, in order to help preserve our vision.