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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Have you ever thought about the toll your smartphone might be taking on your eyes? In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they let us stay connected almost always. However many people tend to hold their phones and tablets very close to their faces. This creates a number of demands on your vision that require your eyes to work in a different way than they usually do when you read regular small print.

Small text and images require your eyes to work much harder just to focus properly. Not surprisingly, this can create problems, particularly for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Any eye care professional will tell you that when such individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. Your eyes strain, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

There are other symptoms that can be caused by holding your device too close to your eyes, including dry eyes or blurry vision, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which lessens how much you blink.

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 a good idea to try using your phone for less time, and letting your eyes have lots of rests. 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 concerned about. So be responsible about how you use your mobile devices and care for your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.