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Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

Look around and you're likely to find that most people - regardless of age - are browsing, texting, clicking and playing on mobile devices. We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want no matter where we are. However because these devices have small screens, a lot of users tend to hold their iPads and iPhones a lot closer to their eyes than they would hold newspapers and books. If you do a lot of reading off small screens, it can really be a strain on your vision.

Small text and images require your eyes to work much harder just to see clearly. It won't come as a shock to know that this might lead to problems, especially for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close to your face will make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. When your eyes are under unnecessary pressure, it usually leads to unpleasant headaches or migraines as a result of the eyestrain.

But that's not all. There are more symptoms that can arise from holding your device too close to your eyes, including blurred vision and dry eyes, because excessive screen time makes you blink less.

In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, it's best to use a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your eyes. It's also beneficial to remember to regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. So be smart about how you use your mobile devices and look after your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.