NVISION Laser Eye Centers' Founder Dr. Tom Tooma Says Holding Your IPhone Too Close to Your Face Isn't So "Smart"

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There has been a 35% increase in cases of myopia, or nearsightedness, since the smartphone was launched in 1997.

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"With the recent introduction of the IPhone 5, we are telling our patients to be careful on how they look at their smartphones," says Dr. Tom Tooma.

According to research published by optometrist Mark Rosenfield in the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry (2011), holding one’s iPhone or smartphone too close to one’s face can result in eye fatigue. And, recent research from London says there has been a 35 percent increase in cases of Myopia (nearsightedness) since the smartphone was launched in 1997.

“With the recent introduction of the iPhone 5, we are telling our patients to be careful about how they look at their smartphones on a minute, hourly or daily basis,” says Dr. Tom Tooma, founder of NVISION Laser Eye Centers.

According to an article in MarketWatch by Maria LaMagna on August 23, “Using a smartphone strains the eyes in much the same way reading a book or staring at a computer monitor does, with one exception – the distance between the eye and the object. When a phone or other device is held close to one’s face, it forces the eye to work harder than usual to focus on text. The discomfort can eventually result in fatigue.”

Here are some suggestions by Dr. Tooma, NVISION Laser Eye Centers, on how to use your smartphone safely:

  •     Take breaks during the day from your iPhone or smartphone during the day.
  •     When you are reading your phone, hold it at an arm’s length (approximately 16 inches) in front of you to avoid eye strain.
  •     Increase the font on your phone so you don’t have to strain to read your messages or emails.
  •     To reduce neck strain, hold the device at eye level as well rather than down.

About NVISION Laser Eye Centers

NVISION Laser Eye Centers is an innovative leader in lifestyle surgical eye care with17 locations throughout California. NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the first provider in California to offer LASIK eye surgery with the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Femto LDVD Crystal Line™ Laser. In addition, NVISION is the first provider in California to offer the bladeless, computer-controlled LenSx laser -- unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for laser cataract surgery, and the first in the nation to offer Avellino DNA testing for an added level of LASIK safety.

With more than 1300 eye doctors who refer their patients and trust their own eyes to NVISION surgeons, NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors’ #1 Choice®. For more information, visit http://www.NVISIONCenters.com or call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).

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