Our increased dependency on smartphones has paved the way to a lather of eye issues in which the American Optometric Association refers to as “computer vision syndrome” or CVS. If you’re one of the majority who check their smartphones over 200 times in a day, then all of that blue light may have caused your eyes some discomfort.
Fortunately, relieving eyestrain caused by excessive smartphone usage doesn’t mean abandoning your beloved device all together. You can alleviate the aches and pains by following these 7 simple, yet effective tips.
#1 Keep Your Smartphone at arm's distance
Instead of holding your smartphone a mere 8 inches away, try holding it at least an arm’s length from your face. This way, you won’t need to put your phone down while you give your eyes a break.
#2 Blink often for more than a second.
We tend to blink less when we’re staring at our smartphone’s screen and this dehydrates our eyes. Blinking for more than a second every time helps reduce irritation and dryness. Apart from rehydrating your eyes, blinking often also helps refocus them as well.
#3 Follow the 20-20-20 rule.
The whole concept of the 20-20-20 rule is simple: You take a breather from staring at your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds while looking at something from 20 feet away. This helps relax your eye muscles and brings relief to tired, overworked eyes.
#4 Tweak your brightness.
A screen that is too dark or too bright stresses the eyes and cause problems with maintaining focus. Fortunately for you, this is an easy fix. Locate your smartphone settings and adjust your screen’s brightness to the same light level as your environment. Unless, of course, you’re in a pitch-black room.
#5 Change your text size and contrast.
Bigger text size and reasonable contrast eliminate your eyes’ need to overwork itself since emails, web content, and social media posts will be better defined and easier to read.
#6 Clean your screen frequently.
Using a dry microfiber cloth, regularly wipe down your smartphone screen to keep fingerprints, grime, and dust from obstructing your view.
#7 Minimize glare or eliminate it all together.
If your smartphone doesn’t come with an anti-glare Corning Gorilla Glass, opt for a matte screen protector or an anti-reflective coating and carefully fit it on your screen. The great thing about anti-glare screen protectors is that they also prevent annoying fingerprints.
We hope these tips help. If the discomfort persists, it’s always best to make an appointment with your eye doctor so he or she can rule out potentially serious, underlying conditions and share better techniques that will allow you to enjoy your smartphone to the fullest.