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Focusing on Smartphones

These days, it would be difficult to find someone not on some sort of mobile device. These devices ensure our constant access to our friends, family and work wherever we find ourselves. However as handheld devices have small screens, a lot of users tend to hold their smartphones a lot closer than they hold printed materials. Reading off the small screens that these devices feature can often lead to a whole set of demands for your vision.

It's much harder for your eyes to focus on the small images and text you see on the small screens of smartphones. Over time, research shows this may lead to problems with focus and vision, especially if you already use vision correction, like glasses or lenses. Researches claim that when glasses-wearing individuals spend a lot of time holding a device at a closer than normal distance, the eyes have difficulty correcting for distance. Sooner or later, these challenges can result in eyestrain and headaches.

Also, a lot of time looking at your small screen can reduce your blink rate, and that can cause dry eyes and blurry vision.

But we can't all just stop using our phones. So what's the solution? In order to stop these symptoms resulting from the use of our phones, it's best to set your phone to display all text in a larger font, and hold the screen further away from your eyes. It's also good to try and regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. If you still experience headaches, you might need glasses to help you focus up close. So be smart about how you use your smart phone and care for your eyes to ensure you protect your vision.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD