The tiny screen on Apple’s popular iPhone smart phone can lead to eye strain if you’re not careful. This is especially true if you already have eyes that are prone to wear and tear over time. The default settings of an iPhone display text that is relatively tiny, forcing people to struggle to read text messages and the text on Web pages. By keeping a few key things in mind every time you reach into your pocket for your iPhone, you can help prevent extended bouts of pain and eye strain later on.
Many people might not realize that you can easily make things bigger by using the iPhone’s landscape mode as often as possible. Instead of holding your phone like you do when you’re making a call, turn the phone sideways. The screen will adjust in such a way that makes the text on websites and even in certain applications bigger and easier to read.
Apple’s iPhone has the ability to get so bright that the device’s backlight could potentially strain your eyes, especially if you’re looking at the screen in the dark. Go into the “Settings” application and manually adjust the brightness as needed. If you’re using your phone during the day, you may need to turn the brightness up all the way. However, if you’re using the device in the dark at home, turn the brightness down so that you don’t hurt your eyes.
There are many vision-aiding applications available that can make it easier and less optically stressful to use your iPhone under certain types of situations. For example, instead of straining to view the small text on a website you can use a free app called “Tap Magnify” to zoom in much farther on the text than what the iPhone actually allows. Doing so will make the text bigger and easier to read and also won’t
Apple’s iPhone comes with a variety of different accessibility options that you can use at your own discretion. For example, one such option allows you to magnify any screen you’re looking at, including the “Home” screen and your various icon folders, to make both text and icons bigger. You can turn on accessibility options at any time by entering the “Settings” application and looking for the “Accessibility” category.
Most applications allow for 2x magnification of any page that you happen to be looking at just by tapping your finger on your iPhone’s screen two times in quick succession. In most situations, the 2x magnification will be more than enough to make certain blocks of text bigger which will result in far less strain on your eyes over time.
Apple’s iPhone is a wonderful device that can make our lives easier in a number of different ways. However, it’s important to remember that misuse can also make our lives more difficult in the form of eye strain and discomfort down the road. By keeping a few tips in mind, adjusting settings like your backlight and making use of the included accessibility options, you can make sure that you put a stop to potential problems before they actually happen.