Are Smartphones Bad For Your Eyes?

You probably have looked at your smartphone multiple times already today which places visual demands on your eyes. What's the problem with that? According to a study found in the Journal of Optometry and Vision Science, people may hold their mobile devices too close, causing the eyes to constantly refocus and reposition to process the text and graphics. Overtime this process changes your contact lens and eyeglasses prescriptions. Optometrists recommend that mobile device users hold the device a foot away.

Here are a few other tips to avoid eyestrain while using your smartphone:

  • Use the audio feature to speak out your text or directions request instead of typing it
  • Use a bigger font
  • Use the magnify or zoom option when reading
  • Blink regularly to keep your eyes moist and avoid dry eye (a condition where you don't have enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eye)

This newsletter is for informational purposes only. Speak to your Eye Care Professional about questions you may have about your eye health.

This article was adapted from NVA

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