Have you ever thought about the effect your mobile device might be having on your vision? In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want no matter where we are. Nevertheless because handheld devices have small screens, most users usually hold their iPads and iPhones much closer than they hold books and magazines. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can actually lead to a whole set of demands for your vision.
It's much harder for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the small screens of smartphones. Eventually, this has been found to lead to problems with focus and vision, especially if you already wear glasses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close can make it even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. Sooner or later, these challenges can lead to eyestrain and headaches.
But that's not all. There are more symptoms that can arise from holding your device too close to your eyes, including blurred vision and dry eyes, because excessive screen time makes you blink less.
What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to prevent these symptoms caused by our phones, it's best to make the text bigger, and hold the screen further away from your eyes. It's also helpful to remember to frequently give your eyes a break from staring at your phone. 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 worried about. So be responsible about how you use your smart phone and look after your eyes to ensure that your vision is protected.
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