Have you ever thought about the effect your smartphone might be having on your vision? Tablets and smartphones are so handy when we’re on the go. However many people tend to hold their phones and tablets right in front of their eyes. This gives way to a number of demands on your vision that force your eyes to function in a different way than they usually do to read regular small print.

Because we all hold smart phones so close, the eyes need to work much harder to look at text and images. Not surprisingly, this can lead to problems, particularly if you already use glasses or contact lenses. Specialists say that when glasses-wearing individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leads to unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

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

In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision resulting from the use of our phones, 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 remember to frequently take breaks from staring at your phone. We can’t give up technology, but it’s crucial to be smart about how we use it, in order to protect our vision.