Most college students keep such busy schedules that it’s easy for them to overlook issues such as eye health, and many of them believe themselves to be too young to give potential eye problems serious consideration. However, eye problems can affect those of all ages and all walks of life, and students may be particularly vulnerable because of the amount of time they spend studying and otherwise interacting with books, digital screens, and other study aids. Following are three things about maintaining optimal eye health that all college students should know about.
Screen Strain is Real
Digital eye strain is one of the leading causes of vision problems in college students. Most fail to give themselves enough breaks when using digital study materials, which leads to the eyes becoming overly dried out. Because this results in blurred vision as well as eye pain and irritation, students are advised to look away from their screens for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes during study marathons. You might also consider using screens designed to minimize eye strain and alternating digital and traditional study materials.
Clean Contacts Matter
College students also may neglect to pay proper attention to cleaning and maintaining their contact lenses. Dirty contact lenses potentially cause eyes infections. To avoid this, avoid falling asleep with your lenses in, and always wash your hands thoroughly when removing and putting them in. Don’t shower while wearing them, and make sure to clean them regularly.
Sports Injuries Affect Eyes Too
Most people think of sports injuries as involving legs, backs, and arms, but they affect the eyes as well. College students who engage in sports should always ensure that they’re wearing adequate eye protection. Sports-related eye injuries have the potential to impact your eyesight for the rest of your life negatively. It’s a good idea to use appropriate eye protection even when you’re simply riding your bicycle across campus or around town.
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