Look around and you will probably discover that pretty much everybody is browsing, texting, clicking and playing on mobile devices. These devices ensure that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we find ourselves. Nevertheless many people have a habit of holding their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. If you do a lot of reading off small screens, it can be hard on your eyes.
It's much harder for your eyes to focus on small images and text. Not surprisingly, this might cause issues, especially if you already use 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 are under unnecessary pressure, it generally leaves you with unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.
But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your smartphone too close can make you blink less, and this can dry your eyes and blurry vision.
But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to lessen these symptoms caused by our phones, as eye care professionals, we recommend keeping your phone at a safe distance from your eyes, and enlarge the text, so you can still read it. It's also recommended to try using your device for less time, and giving your eyes regular breaks. If you still experience eyestrain, you might be far-sighted, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you're experiencing. Being smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.