Save Your Eyes From Smartphone Strain

If you’re one of those people who glances at their smartphone 150 times per day, chances are your eyes are feeling the strain.  Staring at screens like that of your smartphone or mobile device leaves your eyes feeling tired, itchy and dry and can even cause blurred vision and headaches.  Minimize digital eye strain with these helpful hints.

  1. Blink, blink and blink again – blinking often and for more than a split seconds helps your eyes retain moisture and reduces dryness and irritation.  Keep your eyes wet by blinking about 10 times every 20 minutes.  Blinking also helps refocus your eyes.
  2. Minimize glare – this fix is easy and inexpensive, buy an anti-reflective coating and stick it on your smartphone screen.  These range from about $1 to $20 and are available online or in most mobile service provider stores.  These anti-glare screen protectors also fend off fingerprints.
  3. Take breaks – this sounds simple, but sometimes we need a reminder.  Try the 20-20-20 rule.  Take a break from looking at your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds by looking at something 20 feet away.  This will relax your eye muscles.
  4. Adjust your brightness – when your screen is too bright or dim this stresses your eyes.  If the auto brightness levels leave you squinting take a moment to adjust the brightness to your comfort level.
  5. Tweak your size and contrast – adjusting your smartphone text contrast and size also provides much-needed relief.  Make your text messages, email, calendar and everything else easier to read.
  6. Keep a clean screen – routinely wiping your screen down with a dry cleaning cloth gets rid of distracting dust, smudges and fingerprints.
  7. Hold your smartphone farther away – most people hold their phones only about eight inches from their faces.  Increase the distance to at least 16-18 inches away from your eyes and give them the break they need.
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Peter "WebDoc" Martin
A digital marketing expert nationally recognized as the “webdoc,” and is the technology correspondent for ABC 7 News and SNN6 where he provides technology advice, website reviews and product news.
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