Can Your iPhone Hurt Your Eyes?

iPhones and eyes is the topic today! These days, it seems like everyone spends their days in front of one screen or another. Whether your phone or tablet, computer or smart fridge, digital screens are a part of daily life. While these screens can be great news for productivity—and wasting time—they can also cause digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain occurs when your eyes become fatigued due to the use of digital devices. This can lead to annoying symptoms like:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Tired Eyes
  • Dry/burning eyes

If you experience any of these symptoms while staring at your screen or iPhone, it’s probably time for a short break. Taking some time away from your device can ease the discomfort.

Wearing your proper prescription is another way to reduce the effects of digital eye strain. If you don’t need prescription glasses or contact lenses, special “computer glasses” can be made for you that reduce the glare and effects of digital screens.

Adjusting your screen’s settings can also help. Turning down the brightness, or reducing the amount of blue light coming from your screen can lessen the strain on your eyes, and have other health benefits, too.

The 20-20-20 rule can help, too. After 20 minutes of screen time, focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Remember, digital eye strain can be fixed by resting your eyes. You don’t have to give up your phone or computer cold turkey—just take a break every now and then.

Originally posted July 28, 2017

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Amanda helps patients improve their lives through the power of LASIK. A patient coordinator at Laser Eye Institute, Amanda assists patients through every step in their start-to-vision journey.