Your smartphone is a joy to behold. Literally. If you’re one of those people who checks their phone 150 times a day, your eyes are likely to suffer as a result of your screen addiction.
Too much time spent staring at your smartphone—or tablet, e-reader, or laptop, for that matter—can cause weary, itchy, dry eyes, as well as blurred vision and headaches.
Imagine zombie eyes and you’ll have a good idea of what I’m talking about. Fortunately, by incorporating a few basic, healthy behaviours into your smartphone-gazing regimen, you can reduce the likelihood of digital eye strain.
Here are seven super-quick and simple methods to take a break from all those smartphone marathon sessions.
1. Blink, blink, and then blink again.
Blinking frequently (and for more than a second) keeps your eyes moist and prevents discomfort and dryness. When we stare lovingly at our precious smartphone screens, we blink nearly a third less than we typically would, depriving our poor peepers of protective tears. Blink approximately 10 times every 20 minutes or so to keep your eyes moist, and you should be OK. Blinking can also help you refocus your eyes.
2. Dim the glare.
You’re definitely dealing with a considerable bit of unpleasant reflected glare unless you have a smartphone with anti-glare Corning Gorilla Glass or use a matte screen protector layer. The solution is simple and inexpensive: Purchase an anti-reflective coating and apply it to your smartphone’s screen (carefully). On Amazon.com and in most mobile service provider storefronts. Anti-glare screen protectors also help to prevent fingerprints.
3. Take regular breaks.
Isn’t it terrifying? Your eyes, on the other hand, will appreciate you. You’ve most likely heard of the 20-20-20 rule. The idea is to glance away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes while looking at anything 20 feet away. This helps to relax your eye muscles (and provides you with plenty of time to think about which new iPhone or Android app you’ll try next).
4. Change the brightness of your screen.
When your screen is too bright or too dark, it strains your eyes and makes it difficult to focus. Simply go into your smartphone settings and adjust your screen brightness so it’s about the same as the light level in the surroundings around you to solve either problem in a couple of seconds. Wait, unless you’re lying in bed in the dead of night, squinting at your smartphone (which, by the way, can lead to sleeplessness and less sex).
5. Change the font size and contrast.
Changing the contrast and size of the text on your smartphone can also bring some much-needed respite. It makes reading site material, email messages, calendar appointments, and other information on your phone much easier. Keep your computer screen clean. To remove distracting dust, filth, smudges, and fingerprints, wipe down your smartphone screen with a dry (not wet!) cleaning cloth on a regular basis.
7. Shift your smartphone away from your face.
It’s all right. It’s not necessary to put it all the way down. We guarantee it. The majority of people hold their cellphones roughly 8 inches away from their faces. This isn’t good. To give your eyes a break, try holding yours at least 16 to 18 inches away from your eyes. It may seem strange at first, but it shouldn’t take long to adjust.