You have a whole lifetime to see and only one pair of eyes to see it.

Opening Hours : Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm (Wed until 7 pm by appointment)
  Contact : (506) 458-1801

Another classic from a patient earlier today. This time, a teen wondered if she was damaging her eyes by watching movies on her phone.

Damaging the eyes, no. Creating the potential for eyestrain, fatigue, and discomfort, yes.

Objects that we look at short of about 20 feet require extra focusing and eye alignment efforts. The closer the object, the greater the effort required. Trying to sustain this effort for extended periods is similar to trying to hold a dumbbell in mid air. At some point, the muscles fatigue and, in the case of the eye, results in blur.

Television, on the other hand, is usually larger in size and located farther away resulting is less exertion by those same muscles.

One more point about these focusing efforts…our abilities decrease as we age. A child could likely sit and watch movies on a phone for hours without too much trouble. Fast forward 20-30 years and that person’s decreased focusing ability would make a phone-based movie marathon near impossible.

781 Prospect St
Fredericton, NB E3B 5Y4, Canada
Hickey Optometry
We are now at our new location
Due to recommendations from the Minister of Health, Premier, and the NB College of Optometrists, our office is temporarily closed.

Our top priority is protecting all of our patients, staff and our community from the spread of COVID-19. If you have an upcoming appointment, we will be in touch to reschedule. We will also be regularly checking our phone (458-1801) and email (

If you have any questions or concerns, experiencing any flashes or floaters, sudden decrease in vision, or any other emergencies, please leave us a message via voicemail, email, or through our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continuous support and understanding through all of this. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!