Smartphones and Your Eyes

We probably all heard this one as a kid: “Don’t sit too close to the TV or you’ll strain your eyes!” Now fast forward to the age of smartphones, and everyone is constantly looking at a screen that’s only a few inches away from their eyes. 

Recent studies estimate that half of American adults use a smartphone or table to get their news. That staggering number makes you wonder what sort of impact all of that screen time has on our eyes. If you finish your day wondering why your eyes feel tired, then you may want to consider exactly how you’re using them. It’s more than likely you’ll discover you’re spending a lot of your time looking at once device screen or another.  

Being able to easily access information anywhere means that we’re constantly bombarded by computer screens. This can be great for work, fun, and general functionality, but it can be very difficult for our eyes to deal with on a day-in, day-out basis.  

Whether you wear glasses or contacts, you need to make sure you give your eyes a break, because it is more than likely that your smartphone and other mobile devices are causing eye strain. If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’re probably quite attached to your smartphone, but don’t forget about your eye health. Studies have shown that people hold their mobile devices too close to their face, which forces their eyes to work extra hard. So give your eyes a break whenever you can.