Do you ever wonder about the effect your smartphone might be having on your sight? In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want whenever we need to be. Nevertheless because these devices have little screens, a lot of users usually hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer than they would hold newspapers and books. This kind of reading can really be a strain on your eyes.
Small text and images make your eyes work much harder in order to focus. After some time, this has been found to lead to difficulty with focus and vision, especially for those who already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding your phone or tablet too close can make it even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. Your eyes strain, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.
But that's not all. There are other symptoms that can arise from these habits, including dry eyes or blurry vision, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which reduces how much you blink.
But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to stop these symptoms caused by handheld devices, it's best to use a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your eyes. It's also good to try using your phone for less time, and letting your eyes have regular breaks. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might have presbyopia, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you're concerned about. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.