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Are Smartphones Eye-Safe?

Lately, it seems that we're totally dependent on our mobile devices. These devices guarantee our constant access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we are. However many people have a habit of holding their handheld devices right in front of their faces. If you do a lot of reading off small screens, it can really be a strain on your eyes.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on small images and text. This might lead to problems, not least for people who already have glasses or contact lenses. Specialists say that when people who wear glasses have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. Sooner or later, these challenges can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

But that's not all. There are more symptoms that can arise from these habits, including dry eyes or blurry vision, because excessive screen time reduces how much you blink.

In order to stop eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, it's best to make the text bigger, and hold the screen further away from your eyes. It's also good to try using your phone for less time, and letting your eyes have lots of rests. 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 concerned about. You've only got one pair of eyes. Care for them well.

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We appreciate your understanding in working to keep our staff and patients safe. Please take good care of yourself and stay healthy! We will get through this!

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