If you look around, you will probably discover that pretty much everybody is using mobile devices. It's hard not to acknowledge that these devices are wonderful, because they let us be connected almost always. Nevertheless because these devices have little screens, most people tend to hold their iPads and iPhones much closer to their eyes than they would hold books and magazines. Reading like this can be really tough on your eyes.
Because we all hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to look at text and images. It won't come as a shock to know that this can create problems, especially if you already use glasses or contact lenses. Researches claim that when glasses-wearing individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have a rough time correcting for distance. This puts strain on your eyes, and you end up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.
There are other symptoms that can result from these habits, including blurred vision and dry eyes, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which makes you blink less.
But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to lessen these symptoms resulting from the use of handheld devices, it's best to make the text bigger, and keep the screen further away from your eyes. Also, don't use your phone for too much time at once! If it's been a while, let your eyes have a break. 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 worried about. We all need technology, but it's crucial to be smart about how we engage with it, in order to protect our vision.