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What All Smartphone Users Should Know

If you look around, you will probably discover that most people - regardless of age - are using mobile devices. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee that we have access to our email, text messages and the Internet no matter where we are. Nevertheless a lot of people have a habit of holding their phones and tablets very close to their eyes. This creates a whole lot of demands on your vision that require your eyes to function in a way that's quite a change from its normal activity.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on small images and text. This might cause issues, especially for people who already have vision correction such as glasses or contact lenses. Researches claim that when glasses-wearing individuals have a lot of small screen time, the eyes have an even harder time correcting for distance. When your eyes are under unnecessary pressure, it generally leads to unpleasant headaches as a result of the eyestrain.

There are more symptoms that can result from these habits, including blurred vision and dry eyes, which can result from staring at your screen for too long, which makes you blink less.

In order to stop eyestrain and blurred vision caused by handheld devices, it is recommended to set the text to be as big as possible and try to keep your smart phone as far away from your eyes as you can. It's also a good idea to work towards using your phone for less time, and letting your eyes have regular breaks. And after that, if you still experience headaches, you might have presbyopia, and need glasses to fix that. Come see us for an exam, if this is something you're experiencing. Learning to be smart about your smartphone will protect your eyes.


Personal Message from Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson regarding COVID-19

Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

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Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, and will be monitoring the situation carefully. Please take care of yourselves & each other, and we hope to see you soon!


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