Sensible use of Mobile Devices Keeps Eyesight in Good Shape

A Brief Guide for Keeping your Eyesight Healthy when using Smartphones and Tablets

With more and more mobile devices flooding the market, an estimated 35 million people have one in the UK alone, peering at smaller text on your phone can put your eyesight under considerable strain.

This post looks at ways you can minimise strain to keep your eyes in good shape.

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Taking breaks from your mobile device can help reduce eye strain

Consider Reading Glasses if you are Aged 40+

If you are over 40, you may want to consider wearing reading glasses.  It is recommended that you do so by healthcare professionals.  Reading glasses will also make the text appear larger, and assist navigation which is especially useful on a smartphone.

If possible try and read text on tablets and e-readers.  This not only gives you a better, more comfortable reading experience, but the Amazon Kindle has been configured to emulate reading a book which puts less strain on your eyes.

Take Breaks

It is not recommended that you read for longer than twenty minutes when using a mobile device, so ensure you take plenty of breaks.

Utilise your Device Settings for Easier Navigation and to Reduce Eyesight Stress

Always adjust the settings on your devices to ensure a comfortable reading experience.  You want to adjust colour and contrast to reduce glare and the need to peer at your phone to read it.

Using Outside? You can also apply anti glare covers and sunscreens to block reflections for a better reading experience and eye protection.  Wearing sunglasses is another way to reduce strain on your vision.

Talk to your Phone – Most devices allows you to operate them using your voice.  If you can utilize this facility you should.  Not only is it faster to find what you want, but it also reduces the need to peer at the screen and type.

What can I do if I can feel my Eyes are Under Strain?

There are quite a few options including the ones listed above.  Others you may want to consider are using eye drops to help lubricate your eyes, or blinking.  When we stare at mobile device screens we are totally focused and subsequently blink less.  This causes dryness and stress, so try blinking more and see if that relieves the strain.

My Eyes are sore and I am Getting Frequent Headaches.  What do I do?

If this is happening to you book an appointment straight away.  We can give you a thorough eyesight examination and identify why you are experience headaches and discomfort.