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Smartphones and Your Vision

Smartphones and Your Vision

Smartphones are everywhere nowadays. Unfortunately, staring at yours too often isn’t great for your eyes. That’s why it’s important to discuss these issues during your next eye appointment. During your appointment, our doctors will explain the way in which using a smartphone can damage your eyes, as well as what you can do to protect them.

Signs of a Problem

Reading content on a smartphone — especially in low light conditions — is harmful for a number of reasons. First of all, it can be difficult to see the words on a small screen. You may have to squint in order to do so. This can result in headaches and eye strain. On top of that, smartphones emit “blue light,” an invisible light that interferes with sleep and may cause damage to your eyes.

If you’ve been experiencing blurred vision, eye fatigue, headaches, or neck pain recently, schedule an eye exam. The doctor will check to see if smartphone use is causing your problems. Not addressing them could result in health conditions like macular degeneration in the future.

What to Do

Although the best method for protecting your eyes is to use your smartphone less frequently than you do, that’s not a reasonable option for most people. Luckily, there are other steps you can take. Our optician, Ed, can discuss your eyewear options for reducing blue light transmission.

Try to limit the amount of time you spend looking at a smartphone screen. After 20 minutes, give your eyes a rest. Keep the screen as far away from your eyes as possible, and turn down the screen’s brightness in low light.

For more tips, schedule an appointment with our office. With help from an experienced eye doctor, you can limit the damage to your vision. Contact us by calling (316) 260-6280 or connect with us through Facebook message.

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