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Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Lately, it seems difficult to find someone who isn't on a smartphone. Tablets and smartphones are extremely handy when it comes to being in touch when we're on the go. However most people have a habit of holding their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. Reading like this can really be a strain on your eyes.

Because everyone holds smart phones so close, our eyes end up working overtime, just to focus on text and images. It won't come as a shock to know that this can lead to problems, particularly for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals spend significant amounts of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. Your eyes strain, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

Also, more screen time can reduce your blink rate, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

In order to prevent eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, it is recommended to make the text on your device much bigger and try to keep your smart phone as far away from your eyes as you can. It's also recommended to work towards using your phone in shorter increments, and giving your eyes regular breaks. You've only got one pair of eyes. Treat them well.


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Dr. Schechter is also seeing patients via Telemedicine as well.

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