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Focusing on Smartphones

Let's face the facts - we're addicted to our mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are extremely useful when we're on the go. However most people have a habit of holding their handheld devices very close to their faces. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can often lead to a whole set of challenges for your eyes.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. Not surprisingly, this can create issues, especially for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Some research shows evidence that when glasses-wearing individuals spend significant amounts of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. This puts pressure on your eyes, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

Additionally, more screen time can reduce your blink rate, and that can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision.

In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our phones, we recommend keeping your phone at a safe distance from your eyes, and make the text a little bigger, so you can still read it. It's also helpful to remember to frequently take breaks from staring at your phone. So be responsible about how you use your smart phone and care for your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.

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