Are Your Mobile Devices Giving You Eye Strain?

Mobile devices are fun and games until someone gets eyestrain .But there are a
few things you can do to be more comfortable when using your mobile device.

According to Pew Research Center, 45 percent of American adults currently own a
Smartphone, 31 percent own a tablet computer and 26 percent own an ereader. That
is amazing considering the first iPhone was released in 2007 and the first iPad
came out in 2010.
The latest Eye-Q Survey
sponsored by the American Optometric Association (AOA) revealed a whopping
63 percent of Americans say they experience eye strain or vision problems as a
result of using a computer, cell phone, or mobile computing device.
So what can you do to
prevent this common side effect of modern living?
1) Follow what the
AOA calls the 20-20-20 rule…..when looking at a small screen, take a
20 second break every 20 minutes and look at something at least 20
feet away. This simple exercise relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye, reducing
fatigue that’s the major cause of eye strain.

2) Blink! Studies show we blink only one-third as often when staring at a
digital screen. This can cause dry eyes and additional eye fatigue and

3) If your eyes feel dry and gritty, use lubricating drops during a few of
your 20-20-20 focusing breaks for additional eye comfort. 


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