How often do you glance at your smartphone? Are you one of those people who glance every 5 minutes? Chances are your eyes are paying the price after screen use for longer than two hours at a time. Starting at your smartphone for too long can lead to physical eye discomfort such itchy, tired, dry eyes, and headaches.

This collection of symptoms is referred to as computer vision syndrome or CVS. However, you can minimize smartphone computer vision syndrome by blending a few healthy habits into your smartphone-gazing routine.

Here are 5 easy ways to save your eyes from smartphone strain:

  1. Blink Frequently

We blink approximately a third less than we normally would when we stare at our smartphone screens. You should blink often to keep your eye moist in order to reduce dryness and irritation. So keep your eyes wet by blinking around 10 times every 20 minutes. Blinking will also help to refocus your eyes too.

  1. Take Breaks

You should take breaks to help you relax your eyes muscles. So take a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds while looking at something 20 feet away. This is commonly known as the 20-20-20 rule.

  1. Adjust Brightness

Simply going into your smartphone settings and adjust your screen brightness. Make sure you adjust the brightness about the same as the light level in the environment around you. Having your screen too bright or too dark will stress your eyes out and can cause problems in maintaining focus.

  1. Keep the Right Distance

Most people tend to hold their smartphone only about 8 inches from their faces. You should try holding your smartphone farther away, at least 16 to 18 inches away from your eyes. This will help give your eyes a break.

  1. Visit your Optometrist

You should visit your optometrist regularly to get eye exams done. Your optometrist will conduct a variety of test to examine your vision and the health of your eyes, as well as check for eye diseases and vision problems to prevent eye health-damaging problems.