How to reduce stress on eyes while using your smartphone

Looking constantly at your phone’s screen is not good news for your eyes. Here’s what you can do reduced stress on the eyes


Reducing brightness levels not just reduces battery consumption, but also reduces stress on the eyes
Reducing brightness levels not just reduces battery consumption, but also reduces stress on the eyes

If you are one of those users who are practically glued to the screen most of the time and have experienced itching, watering and pain in the eyes, it is time to do things in a different way. The best way to deal with it is to cut the screen time, but that is almost impractical in today’s world.

Here are some display hacks that may come in handy and help ease some of the stress on your eyes.

Switch on the automatic blue light filter

Blue light emanating from a smartphone display is considered bad for the retina. Exposure to it during night time or in low light puts more stress on the eyes. Users can avoid it by switching on the blue light filter, a feature that was initially available only in high-end smartphones but can now also be found in a lot of budget smartphones.

Lenovo Zuk Z1 (Rs13,999) and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (Rs17,980) are some of the phones with automatic blue light filter, which subdues the display by changing its colour from bright white to pale yellow or creamish in low light.

You can also go for smartphones which allow colour customisation options in the display settings. Here users will have to activate them manually, but the end result will be the same.

Keep proper distance

A lot of times, even adults forget to maintain some distance between the phone’s screen and the eyes. Proximity to screen makes things easier for users but also increases the risk of damage to eyes. If you are having trouble finding the appropriate distance, you can download Samsung’s Safety Screen app on your phone. Though targeted at children, it can come in handy for adults as well. It works by blocking a major part of the screen with a notification if you are holding your phone too close to your eyes. It uses the phone’s front camera to monitor the distance and once the optimal distance is maintained, the notification disappears by itself.

Increase font size

Most people rely on their smartphone a lot, from using it for checking and responding to emails, reading news pieces and articles on the web, shopping, typing and checking social media posts. All this involves a lot of reading, which is why the font size is important. If the text in your phone is not readable and you have to peer at it closely, you can increase the font size in your phone’s settings->accessibility. This option is available in all smartphones.

Let the phone adjust brightness

Reducing brightness levels not just reduces battery consumption, but also reduces stress on the eyes. That does not mean you should completely dim the screen. It is better to leave the task in the hands of your phone by checking in the adaptive brightness or auto brightness box in the display settings. This basically allows the phone to adjust the brightness level according to the amount of ambient light available and is more relaxing on the eyes. So under low light, it automatically dims the display without affecting legibility.

Get anti-glare screen protectors

By applying an anti-glare screen protector on the phone, you can get some amount of comfort. This may also improve visibility under bright light by negating the reflectiveness of the screen and in turn lower stress on the eyes. These screen protectors cost slightly more than an ordinary screen protector and are available at most mobile stores.

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