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How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Look around and you're likely to discover that pretty much everybody is browsing, texting, clicking and playing on mobile devices. These devices guarantee our access to our friends, family and work no matter where we find ourselves. Nevertheless as these devices have little screens, many users tend to hold their smartphones a lot closer to their eyes than they would hold newspapers and books. This gives way to a number of visual demands that require your eyes to work in a different way than they usually do to read regular small print.

Small text and images make your eyes work much harder just to see clearly. It won't come as a shock to know that this might lead to issues, not least if you already use glasses or contact lenses. Specialists say that when people who wear glasses have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. This puts pressure on your eyes, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

But there are more symptoms that can arise. Holding your screen too close can make you blink less, and this can dry your eyes and make it harder to see clearly.

In order to stop these symptoms resulting from the use of our phones, as eye care professionals, we recommend keeping your phone at a safe distance from your eyes, and enlarge the text, so you can still read it. It's also helpful to try and regularly give your eyes a break from staring at your phone. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might be far-sighted, and need glasses to correct that. Call us to book an exam, if this is something you're concerned about. So be responsible about how you use your smart phone and care for your eyes to ensure that your vision is protected.

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