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What All Smartphone Users Should Know

Take a look around- you will probably find that most people - even children - are texting, playing on, surfing and even working from their mobile devices. Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are extremely handy when we're on the go. Nevertheless many people have a habit of holding their phones and tablets very close to their faces. This kind of reading can really be a strain on your vision.

It's a challenge for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the small screens of smartphones. Not surprisingly, this might create problems, not least 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 even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. Sooner or later, these challenges can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

Also, a lot of screen time can make you blink less, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our phones, it's best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and hold the screen further away from your face. It's also beneficial to try and regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might need glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.