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How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Technologically speaking, we've come far in the past few years and now, it would be difficult to find someone who doesn't own a smartphone. In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they let us stay connected almost always. However because these devices sport small screens, many users tend to hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer than they hold printed materials. This kind of reading can really be a strain on your vision.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to focus properly. Not surprisingly, this can create issues, particularly for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close to your face will make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it generally results in painful headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

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 reduces how much you blink.

In order to stop these symptoms resulting from the use of our phones, as eye care professionals, we recommend that you hold the phone further away, and enlarge the text, so you can still read it. Also, try not to use your phone for too much time at once! If you've been on it a while, allow your eyes to have a rest. We can't give up technology, but it's crucial to be smart about it, in order to protect our vision.