Lately, it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t own a smartphone. These devices ensure our access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we are. However most people have a habit of holding their handheld devices very close to their faces. Reading like this can really be a strain on your vision.
Because people tend to hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to focus on text and images. This might cause issues, not least for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Researches claim that when glasses-wearing individuals spend a lot of time with their phone at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, 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 lead to dry eyes and make it harder to see clearly.
In order to stop eyestrain and blurred vision caused by handheld devices, it is recommended to set the text to be as big as possible and ensure that you keep your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It’s also good to remember to regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, you might have presbyopia, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you’re worried about. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will protect your eyes.