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Keeping an Eye on Your Smartphone

Lately, it seems that we're totally dependent on smartphones. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices ensure our constant access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. However as handheld devices have small screens, most people tend to hold their smartphones much closer than they hold books and magazines. Reading off handheld devices can actually lead to a whole set of problems for your vision.

Because we all hold smart phones so close, our eyes end up working overtime, just to look at text and images. After some time, research shows this may lead to problems with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Some research shows evidence that when glasses-wearing individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. When your eyes are under unnecessary pressure, it generally leaves you with unpleasant headaches or migraines as a result of the eyestrain.

There are more symptoms that can result from holding your device too close to your eyes, including blurred vision and dry eyes, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which makes you blink less.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to make the text on your device as big as possible and try to hold your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It's also helpful to try and frequently give yourself a break from staring at your phone. We all need technology, but it's important to be smart about how we use it, in order to help preserve our vision.