Thursday, 30 August 2012

Surfing the Web on Your Smartphone Are the Causes of Increased Eye Strain

Up until a few years back, it was a common sight to see moms yelling ‘don’t sit close to the TV. It will ruin your eyesight’. Yes, it is quite true that sitting close to a screen affects your eyesight adversely. However, the technology has progressed at such a rapid pace that the television example no longer holds relevance. Most of the time people spend today is in front of their laptops, and worse using their Smartphone’s. The Smartphone’s have literally changed the way people use the internet. Now they can use it lying down, standing up, on the go and nonstop.

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Smartphone’s Lead to Increased Eye Strain:

Among the other ills and vices that have accompanied the rise of Smartphone’s is increased eye strain. Since most of their time is spent staring at the screen which is hardly bigger than a couple of inches, eye problems were bound to arise. Yet, this didn’t deter people from buying Smartphone’s like hot cakes. With millions of units sold every year, the problem is only going to intensify with the passage of time. While it is true that eye treatments and products have improved, including 1 day acuvue moist, this does not mean that you have to ruin your eyesight.

There are a number of activities a person could use his/her Smartphone for. The name can be quite misleading. Calling and texting is bottom of the priority list when a person is using Smartphone, even though basically it is a phone. The foremost use is for surfing the web. With round the clock connectivity available to the people, they keep using the internet on their phones anywhere and everywhere. On the way to work, at work, coming back from work, the sequence doesn’t stop.

Why It Is Such a Big Problem:

One might argue that computers and laptops are equally likely to cause eye strain. There are some supporters of Smartphone’s that claim that computers are actually worse than Smartphone’s for the eyes. It is a fact that sitting and staring at a screen for extended periods of time will cause your eyesight to deteriorate. However, the problem is bigger since the advent of Smartphone’s.

Yet, when people used computers, they had to get up sooner or later. There is a limit to the amount of time they can spend sitting at a stretch. While sitting and using the computer is not a backbreaking activity, some stretching is required. So, a person did get up and walk around for a few minutes every couple of hours or so.

The intention was to stretch his/her legs but unwittingly, that person got a much needed break from the screen. When he/she got up, they no longer were staring at the screen. In short, their eyes got a break which reduced the risk of strain.

With Smartphone’s, the problem is that the use just doesn’t stop. People keep on using their handheld gadgets regardless of time and location. Some experts have noted that people have experienced sleep disruptions because of Smartphone’s. They don’t sleep as much as they need to because most of the time in bed is spent surfing the web on their phone.

The Major Problems:

There are two major problems that increase the risk of eye strain when using Smartphone’s to surf the web.
1. Firstly, the screen size of the Smartphone’s is much smaller than the average computer or laptop. As a result, the font sizes used are also small. In comparison with the average newspaper, the font size could be up to 70% smaller. This means that you have to strain your eyes to focus on the text and read it.

2. Secondly, there is a recommended distance from your eyes when using your Smartphone. If this is news to you, you are not the only one. Many people don’t know about it and those who do hardly follow it ever. The distance recommended by experts and manufacturers is 16 inches. Holding your Smartphone at least 16 inches away reduces the risk of eye strain.

More people have been experiencing eye strain since Smartphone’s became commonly used. Protect your eyes from strain and stress by avoiding the problems mentioned above. And for once, take a break from your Smartphone.

Hannah Jones

Author & Editor

From Skopje, Macedonia, Also works as Software Quality Assurance.

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