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Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

Have a look around- you are likely to realize that most people - regardless of age - are texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are so useful when it comes to being in touch when we're on the move. However as handheld devices are made with little screens, many users usually hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer to their eyes than they hold printed materials. Reading like this can really be a strain on your vision.

It's a challenge for your eyes to focus on small images and text. 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. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals spend a lot of time with their phone at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. Sooner or later, these difficulties can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

But that's not all. Holding your screen too close can make you blink less, which can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision 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 hold the screen further away from your face. It's also important to remember to regularly give yourself a break from staring at your phone. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, it might be time for glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.