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Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

Technologically, we've come far in the past few years and now, it would be difficult to find someone who isn't on a mobile device. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices ensure that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. However because these devices have little screens, a lot of people tend to hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer than they hold books and magazines. This creates a number of demands on your vision that force your eyes to work in a different way than they usually do when you look at regular small print.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder in order to focus. After some time, research shows this may lead to problems with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Specialists say that when such individuals spend a lot of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But that's not all. There are other symptoms that can be caused by holding your device too close to your eyes, including dry eyes or blurry vision, because excessive screen time makes you blink less.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to stop eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of handheld devices, 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. It's also helpful to remember to frequently take breaks from staring at your phone. You've only got one pair of eyes. Care for them well.

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