Smartphone Eye Strain: Useful Tips
Due to features of all navigations in your Smartphone, you are spending almost half of your day in smart phone screen. In an article Maria LaMagna (Market watch) wrote spending half the day staring into a four inch screen may wreck one's eyesight. New research suggests the devices may not be to blame so much as how we hold them.
In recent research Dr. David Allamby, an eye surgeon and the founder of Focus Clinics in London, revealed there has been a 35% increase in the number of people who advancing myopia since smart phones launched in 1997.
Myopia affects more than 30% of the population of the U.S. Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition caused by a combination of hereditary factors and environment, says Shlomit Schaal, an eye surgeon and assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Louisville.
The main environmental factor is considered a state of "Close Work".
How using a smartphone, strains your eyes
Marks Rosenfield, an optometrist says, generally, people hold their smartphones considerably closer to their faces than they would a book or newspaper, even as close as seven or eight inches. So it gives more strain in your eyes. Spending hours on smartphone, computer laptop screen or otherwise intently viewing a similar screen causes eyes to exert for long periods.
How to prevent myopia (Environmental factors)
Here are some points you can bring into your habits when you use Smartphone.
- Keep distance at least 16 inches away from your face.
- Longer the break, better the result for eyes. (Take breaks and relax your eyes).
- Just don’t see, think about, what you are reading or watching and while you think close your eyes.
- Look into the distance time to time.
- And practice basic useful techniques of eye-exercise for example, blinking, rotating, closing, far seeing.
Patients, especially those with age-related macular degeneration, have benefited from being able to view larger fonts and increased contrast on hand-held devices. Schaal said.
Note: Consult your doctor, before practicing any eye-sight related exercise.
Don't give up your eyes for a smartphone, by Maria LaMagna, on marketwatch.