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Focusing on Smartphones

Do you ever wonder about the effect your smartphone might be having on your eyes? Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are super useful when we're on the go. However because these devices sport little screens, most users tend to hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer to their eyes than they would hold books and magazines. This creates a whole lot of visual demands that require your eyes to function in a different way than they usually do to look at small text at near distances.

Because we all hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to focus on text and images. It won't come as a shock to know that this can cause problems, not least if you already use glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding your phone or tablet too close to your face will make it even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. This puts pressure on your eyes, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your screen too close can make you blink less, which can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to stop these symptoms caused by handheld devices, it's best to use a larger font, and hold the screen further away from your face. It's also recommended to try using your phone in shorter increments, and giving your eyes lots of rests. You've only got one pair of eyes. Care for them well.