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Let's face the facts - we're addicted to smartphones. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our constant access to our friends, family and work wherever we find ourselves. However as handheld devices are made with small screens, a lot of users tend to hold their smartphones a lot closer than they hold newspapers and books. If you do a lot of reading off small screens, it can be really tough on your vision.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on small images and text. Not surprisingly, this can cause problems, particularly for those that use glasses or contact lenses. If you already wear glasses, holding your phone or tablet too close can make it a real challenge for your eyes to correct for distance. When your eyes work too hard, it usually leaves you with painful headaches or migraines as a result of the eyestrain.

Additionally, more time looking at your small screen 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 stop eyestrain and blurred vision caused by handheld devices, it's best to use a larger font, and keep the screen further away from your face. And try not to use your phone for too much time at once! If you've been on it a while, allow your eyes to have a break. And after that, if you still experience eyestrain, it might be time for glasses specifically made to help you focus up close. So be responsible about how you use your smart phone and look after your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.