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Your Eyes and Your Smartphone

Take a look around- you will probably find that most people - even kids - are using mobile devices. It's hard not to acknowledge that these devices are wonderful, because they let us stay connected whenever we need to be. However because these devices have little screens, most people usually hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer than they hold books and magazines. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can often create a whole set of problems for your vision.

Because everyone holds smart phones so close, our eyes end up working hard, just to look at text and images. Eventually, research shows this may lead to problems with focus and vision, especially for those who already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals spend significant amounts of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leads to unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

Also, more screen time can make you blink less, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our phones, it is recommended to set the text to be as big as possible and try to keep your phone as far from your eyes as you can. Also, try not to use your phone for too much time at once! If you've been on it a while, allow your eyes to have a little time away from the screen. 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.