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Tips To Protect Your Eyes While Using Smartphones

If you are one of those who glance at their smartphone 150 times a day, chances are your eyes are paying the price for your screen addiction.

Staring at the tiny screen of your smartphone for long hours can cause eye fatigue or eye damage at worst. While you can hardly imagine your life without a smartphone, there is no need to sacrifice your eyes, since there are some effective ways to minimise the risk to one’s eyes from smartphones. Here are a few of them:

Get an anti-glare screen protector

Most mid and high-end smartphones come with an anti-glare screen by default, but if yours doesn’t have it, go get one immediately. Anti-glare screens are not expensive but can make a drastic difference because they reduce the amount of blue light that gets to your eyes.

If you don’t want to get a whole new screen, the next best thing is an app. For instance, Bluelight Filter for Eye Care for Android also reduces the amount of blue light but this is not as effective as a separate anti-glare screen.

Blink frequently/splash your eyes with water

Blinking frequently is recommended when using a desktop, but for smartphones it is even more important. Staring at a screen dries your eyes and the natural way to moisten them is by blinking. This reduces the negative effects of screen radiation.

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Additionally, if you splash your eyes with water this also helps to moisten them.

Follow the 20/20/20 rule

Human eyes are not created for prolonged staring at short distances. Rather, a human eye adapts when alternating between a long distance for a few seconds or minutes and a short distance. This is why when you are watching something at a close distance for hours, even if it is just reading a book, you are forcing your eyes to behave unnaturally.

With smartphones, there is the so-called 20/20/20 rule. Basically it means that every 20 minutes you need to look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Even better, after every 40 or 50 minutes with your device, take a 10- or 15-minute break away from any screen. If you are not too lazy, you can even exercise a bit – this will help not only your eyes but your overall condition.

Adjust the brightness, contrast and text size

Brightness, contrast, and text size are the three aspects of a smartphone that affect eyesight the most. Brightness and contrast that is too high or too low brightness and contrast are both harmful to the eyes. You can use common sense to adjust them, or you can get an app to automatically adjust brightness. They are apps for this for Android, iPhone, and probably any of the other less popular platforms.

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It would also help if you avoid prolonged smartphone use in dim environments. Never ever stare at the screen in the dark.

As for text size, don’t keep it too small because it strains the eyes and decreases the viewing distance. Generally, larger text is better, though scrolling time to see everything on a page is increased, and this is certainly irritating.

Keep your screen clean

With your fingers constantly on the screen, by no surprise there are lots of dirty marks on it. This dirt is not only unsanitary but also adds additional strain on your eyes. Just take a soft cloth and clean your screen regularly.

Source: The Sun

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