How to Protect Your Eyes While Using Your Smartphone or Handheld Gadget

1. Don't hold your smartphone close to your face. It is advisable to hold your gadget about 15 to 20 inches away from your face.

2. Adjust your screen brightness. I totally reduce my screen brightness (down to zero) and it works just fine with me. Some browsers and apps also have "night mode" you can select to reduce eye strain.

3. Staring at a screen for quite a while keeps you from blinking, which is the activity that helps lubricate the eyes. To prevent yourself from dry or red eyes from tablet or smartphone usage, consciously blink as often as you remember.

4. Take regular breaks of your phone or tablet. You can't just keep staring for hours at the screen. Take your eyes off and look at distant objects. Drop your gadget and spend some time relaxing with your eyes closed. Or just get up and do something else!

5. Some say they take Vitamin A and yeast supplement for eye strain they feel after staring at the screen for long periods. But I don't think that will be necessary if you follow the above four tips. I haven't tried any of those supplements and besides always consult your physician before you try any supplements.


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