Smartphones such as the iPhone, Androids and Blackberry are a necessary part of many people’s work and social lives. While these hot technologies can help us be more efficient, they also carry some potential negative side effects. Dr Hazem Kahlout, medical director at Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin warnes that staring at the tiny screen not only causes wrinkles around the eyes, but can also lead to eye strain and vision issues.
People look at phone screens nearly from 9 a.m. till about 11 p.m. looking at emails, Facebook, Twitter or trying to text back or read the news. There is no surprise wrinkles form around the eyes in the form of crows feet – something attributed to extensive smartphone usage.
There are ways to prevent eye strain and crow’s feet from staring at small screens. Making the text size larger can help, and it is also wise to put the phone away for a while, or focus on something further away for a few minutes.
While it’s not likely that staring an iPhone or Android will cause any new eye symptoms to develop, those who already have vision problems could worsen their eyesight.