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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Take a look around- you will probably find that almost everyone is texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. However a lot of people hold their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that require your eyes to function in a way that's different to its normal activity.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the tiny screens of smartphones. Not surprisingly, this can cause issues, not least for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact 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. Your eyes strain, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

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.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to set the text to be much bigger and try to hold your phone as far from your eyes as you can. Also, try not to use your phone too much! If it's been a while, allow your eyes to have a little time away from the screen. If you still experience headaches, you might be far-sighted, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you're concerned about. We can't give up technology, but it's crucial to be smart about how we engage with it, in order to help preserve our vision.