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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Lately, it seems that we're addicted to our mobile devices. These devices ensure our constant access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. However as handheld devices have little screens, a lot of people usually hold their smartphones a lot closer than they would hold newspapers and books. This gives way to a number of visual demands that make your eyes operate in a different way than they usually do to read small text at near distances.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on small images and text. It won't come as a shock to know that this can create problems, particularly if you already use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Some research shows evidence that when people who wear glasses have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. Sooner or later, these challenges can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

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

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it's best to use a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your face. It's also important to remember to regularly give your eyes a rest from staring at your phone. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will protect your eyes.