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What All Smartphone Users Should Know

It's official - we're totally dependent on smartphones. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. Nevertheless a lot of people tend to hold their phones and tablets very close to their eyes. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that force your eyes to operate in a different way than they usually do when you read small text at near distances.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. Eventually, this has been found to lead to difficulty with focus and vision, especially if you already wear glasses. 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. Sooner or later, these challenges can result in eyestrain and headaches.

But that's not all. There are more symptoms that can result from holding your device too close to your eyes, including dry eyes or blurry vision, because excessive screen time lessens how much you blink.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to set the text to be much bigger and ensure that you keep your phone as far from your eyes as you can. It's also a good idea to try using your phone for less time, and giving your eyes regular breaks. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, you might need glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will only protect your eyes.

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