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Your Eyes and Your Smartphone

Lately, it seems that we're totally dependent on our mobile devices. It's hard to avoid the fact that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be connected almost always. However because handheld devices have little screens, most users often hold their iPads and iPhones much closer than they hold books and magazines. This gives way to a whole lot of visual demands that make your eyes function in a way that's quite a change from its normal activity.

Small text and images require your eyes to work much harder in order to focus. Over time, this has been found to cause problems with focus and vision, especially for those who already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. This puts pressure on your eyes, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your device too close can make you blink less, and this can dry your eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to stop these symptoms caused by our smartphones and tablets, we recommend that you hold the phone further away, and make the text a little bigger, so you can still read it. Also, don't use your phone for too much time at once! If it's been a while, let your eyes have a break. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, you might need glasses to help you focus up close. So be responsible about the way you use your smart phone and look after your eyes to ensure that your vision is protected.