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It's official - we're totally dependent on smartphones. These devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet wherever we find ourselves. Nevertheless most people have a habit of holding their phones and tablets very close to their faces. Reading off handheld devices can often lead to a whole set of challenges for your vision.

It's a challenge for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the small screens of smartphones. It won't come as a shock to know that this might create issues, especially for those that use vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding a device too close can make it even harder for your eyes to correct for distance. This puts pressure on your eyes, and you wind up with headaches or migraines, which aren't pleasant.

Additionally, more screen time can reduce your blink rate, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

What can we do keep our eyes strong, while still using our phones? In order to lessen these symptoms resulting from the use of our smartphones and tablets, as eye care professionals, 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 beneficial to remember to frequently take breaks from staring at your phone. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, it might be time for glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. You've only got one pair of eyes. Treat them well.