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Are Smartphones Eye-Safe?

Let’s face the facts – we’re totally dependent on our mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are so convenient when we’re on the move. Nevertheless a lot of people have a habit of holding their phones and tablets very close to their eyes. Reading like this can be hard on 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. Over time, this has been found to cause difficulty with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Specialists say that when people who wear glasses spend significant amounts of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. Eventually, these challenges can result in eyestrain and headaches.

But that’s not all. Holding your device too close can make you blink less, which can lead to dry eyes and make it harder to see clearly.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to stop these symptoms resulting from the use of handheld devices, it’s best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your eyes. It’s also helpful to try and regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. You’ve only got one pair of eyes. Look after them well.

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