26th Apr 2018
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Avoid eye strain by enlarging the text on your devices
Author: Anna Pavlou
How to enlarge text on your devices

Many of us spend good chunks of the day checking text messages, reading emails, catching up on social media and generally staring at the teeny tiny screens on our smartphones. This can lead to blurred vision, headaches, dry and sore eyes, and muscle strain.

Around one in four people with eye concerns complain about sore eyes due to spending time reading text on a small screen. The problem is that while we naturally blink once every three to four seconds, we only blink every six to eight seconds when we stare at a screen.

I didn’t believe this when I first read it, so I reread it – which took me about 12 seconds – and you know what? I didn’t blink. I looked away and immediately blinked four or five times in rapid succession.

The other thing I noticed was that I squinted to read the screen. That can also contribute to eye strain as well as neck, shoulder and muscle fatigue.

One way to combat these problems is to enlarge the text on your screen. Here’s how to do just that.

On your iPhone or iPad, head to ‘Settings’ then click on ‘General’. Next, select ‘Accessibility’, then tap ‘Larger Text’. Now, select your desired text size, then press the home button to exit the menu.

If that’s not enough and you want to make your text stand out even more, you’ll be happy to know that you can bold your screen text. To do this, just go to ‘Settings’ then click ‘Display & Brightness’ and flip the ‘Bold Text’ switch. Now restart your phone and your bold text will appear.

You can also use the good old ‘pinch apart’ gesture – which is when you put two fingers on your screen and pull them apart to magnify any images and text. Head to www.lukew.com if you’d like to know more about gestures.

If you’re using an Android phone, go to ‘Settings’ and click ‘Display’, then ‘Font Size’. Now you can choose from one of four settings: small, normal, large or huge.

While a standard Android phone doesn’t have a ‘bold text’ option, it does have a high-contrast feature. This adds a black outline around some of the text on your screen to make it easier to read. To access this feature, go to ‘Settings’, then tap the ‘high-contrast’ text box.

If you’re using a Mac computer, you can hold ‘Command’ and use the ‘+’ or ‘–‘ to enlarge or reduce the text and images on your screen.

For PC users, click on ‘Start’ and head to ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Control Panel’. Now double click ‘Display’, then ‘Settings’ and move the tab under screen resolution to the left to enlarge images and text on your screen.

Another trick that usually works for both computer types is to hold Control and scroll your mouse-wheel forwards or backwards, depending on how you have your mouse set up. Or you can use your trackpad and pinch in or out.

Do you know of any other ways to reduce eye strain? Why not share them with our members?

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    John58
    30th Apr 2018
    11:42am
    The instructions for PC users for Windows 10 relating to Control Panel are incorrect.
    There is no Control Panel option in Settings, and there is no "Display" option in Control Panel any more.
    There are a number of settings you can change in Windows 10 and browsers associated with eye issues.
    For details, see https://euroscug.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Windows-10-Display-settings.pdf
    ozirules
    1st May 2018
    12:48pm
    on my desk top I just hold down the control key and press the plus key. Each time you press the plus key your text will enlarge further. To reduce the text back down simply hold down the control and press the minus key. Again the text will reduce by stages each time you press the minus. This way I can just change the text size when I need to without changing my settings.
    Rosret
    2nd May 2018
    8:49am
    I actually go visa versa. I photograph the fine print on packets and minuscule instructions etc and use the phone or ipad to magnify it up.


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