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Your Eyes and Your Smartphone

Take a look around- you will probably discover that almost everyone is using mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are super convenient when we're on the move. However because these devices sport small screens, a lot of users usually hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer to their eyes than they hold printed materials. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that force your eyes to operate in a different way than they usually do to look at regular small print.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. Over time, this has been found to lead to difficulty with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding your phone or tablet too close can make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. Eventually, these challenges can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

But that's not all. There are other symptoms that can arise from 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 makes you blink less.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to lessen these symptoms resulting from the use of handheld devices, it is recommended to set the text to be as big as possible and ensure that you hold your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It's also good to try and regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. So be responsible about the way you use your mobile devices and look after your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.

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