These days, it seems difficult to find someone who doesn’t own a mobile device. These devices guarantee our constant access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. Nevertheless most people tend to hold their phones and tablets right in front of their faces. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can often lead to a whole set of demands for your eyes.
Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. Over time, this has been found to lead to problems with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close can make it even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. Sooner or later, these difficulties 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 blurred vision and dry eyes, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which lessens how much you blink.
What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our phones, it is recommended to set the text to be as big as possible and try to hold your smart phone as far away from your eyes as you can. It’s also a good idea to try using your phone for less time, and giving your eyes lots of rests. If you still experience headaches, you might have presbyopia, and need glasses to fix that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you’re concerned about. You’ve only got one pair of eyes. Treat them well.