For many of us, our lives happen on a screen. You鈥檙e sending emails, watching Netflix, chatting with co-workers on Slack or playing Candy Crush on your smartphone聽鈥 basically, you鈥檙e staring at your phone 24/7. Unfortunately, this all spells out to super tired eyes. While, yes, cutting back on screen time is always a great idea to give your eyes a break once in a while, here are a few tricks built right into your iPhone聽that will help you聽ease your stressed out peepers.


1. Reducing Brightness:聽This one鈥檚 kind of a no-brainer. Bright light can be super harsh on your eyes (plus, it鈥檚 a total battery drain). This can easily be done by swiping up your iPhone鈥檚 Control Center, and just scrolling the bar down. Warning: Going to dark with your display will still cause eye strain.


2. Blow Up That Font:聽Sure, you might not want the person sitting across the room to be able to read your text messages because your font is so big, but honestly, enlarging your font really helps. Simply go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size, and slide the bar up to make your text a little bigger.


3.聽Zoom In:聽The iPhone has another nifty feature that allows you to view your home screen zoomed in. I mean, those widgets for your various apps are so tiny, a little zooming in doesn鈥檛 hurt. You can do this by going into Settings > Display & Brightness > View and simply toggling over to 鈥淶oomed.鈥


4.聽Invert Colors:聽This trick is helpful on multiple levels. Not only does it go easy on your eyes, it also is a great way to keep from disturbing other people when you鈥檙e using your phone at night. Inverting colors is exactly what it sounds like 鈥 white becomes black. You can enable this by going into Settings > General > Accessibility and toggling on 鈥淚nvert Colors.鈥 In case you want easy access to this feature, though, you can then scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Accessibility Shortcut, then make 鈥淚nvert Colors鈥 your choice. This option allows you to use this function by clicking your Home button three times fast.


5. Night Shift:聽Here鈥檚 the new feature that was just introduced with this week鈥檚聽iOS 9.3 update聽unveiled聽at聽Apple鈥檚 March Event.聽Night Shift reduces the amount of blue light your phone emits (blue light inhibits melatonin production, which in turn can give you insomnia),聽but it鈥檚 a godsend for helping relax your sight. You can enable Night Shift by swiping up on Control Center and tapping on the center icon on the bottom row. It will聽turn on Night Shift immediately until 7:00 am the following day. Otherwise, you can go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift, and set a schedule for it to turn on automatically each day.


6.聽Increase Display Contrast:聽Here鈥檚 a fact of life: Bolder colors equal better visibility. Same holds true for your iPhone. You can increase the contrast on your iPhone for better legibility by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast and toggling on 鈥淩educe Transparency鈥 and 鈥淒arken Colors.鈥 To ease the blinding brightness of white and light colors, you can also toggle on 鈥淩educe White Point.鈥

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