Technology has changed our lives in so many different ways; from making convenience a key aspect to our lives, to making knowledge obtainable with a touch of a button. Technology make its way into our in different forms. Televisions, Ipads, Nookbooks, and computers are with us every second of the day. However, the most used are cellular devices. Although they make communication and information convenient, they also strain your eyes. Cellphones are one of the worst culprits in digital eye strain due to their convenience and portability.
There are many of us out there that spend a majority of our day on our cellphones, which results in a large percentage of us being at risk for eye strain. The number one reason being that we forget to blink when staring at our screens. This is not just limited to cellphones but televisions, computers, video games and much more. Our eyes need to constantly blink in order to lubricate the eyes and keep them moist. When reading and staring at our screens, we automatically tend to lose focus on blinking. The second most common reason why cellphone are the main culprit to eye strain is due to tilted screens that cause the inability for our eyes to focus. The pixilated and tiny images on our screens leave our eyes squinting which causes our eyes to work twice as hard.
Many cellphone users hold their cellphones close to their face. This motion can cause eye strain, blurriness, and headaches. Your eyes are working three times more to focus on the text and to position the eyes in the proper direction. Approximately a quarter percentage of people will suffer from eye strain. This percentage increases as smartphones become more and more involved within our daily lives. To ensure that you are keeping your eye strain to a minimum, it is recommended by eye care physicians that you increase the font size on your device and have your vision tested for closer distances. The prominent aspect of cellphones is that they are backlit and portable. This prominent aspect is crucial in the reasons why many abuse these advantages. Even though the cellphone is backlit, the back light itself is not nearly enough to prevent eye strain when looking at the screen in dark or poorly lit rooms. When using an electronic device, such as a cellphone, should be used with an overhead light to protect yourself again glares that are typically common in causing eye strain.
Focusing: Take your focus off the screen and focus on something else for a couple seconds to a minute.
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