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How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Do you ever wonder about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your sight? We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be connected whenever we need to be. However as these devices have little screens, many people usually 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 eyes.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to focus properly. Not surprisingly, this can create issues, especially for people who already have glasses or contact lenses. Researches claim that when glasses-wearing individuals spend significant amounts of time with their phone at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leaves you with unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

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

In order to lessen these symptoms caused by our phones, as eye care professionals, we recommend keeping your phone at a safe distance from your eyes, and enlarge the text, so you can still read it. It's also a good idea to try using your phone for less time, and giving your eyes regular breaks. You've only got one pair of eyes. Treat them well.