Give Your Eyes a Break
College students have enough pressure in their life such as classes, studying, working and meeting deadlines. But their eyes also encounter many items such as large amounts of screen time, lack of sleep, homework that requires endless of amounts of reading and also close contact with many germs. These can lead to dry eyes, pink eye, eye fatigue and numerous other eye diseases. To many college students, eye exams may not be on their radar. It is very important to have an eye exam every year, especially for this age of students.
Let’s take a look at 6 best practices for your eyes to keep them healthy during your college years and beyond.
- Have a comprehensive eye exam yearly – Having a comprehensive eye exam every year can help with the overall health of your eyes. There are many eye diseases that do not show any symptoms and no matter what your age is, these can slowly be developing without you knowing. As a rule of thumb, incorporate your yearly eye exam at the beginning of the semester, that way each year this is a part of your routine.
- Take breaks – College students tend to spend a great deal of time reading or staring at a computer screen or mobile device. This can cause fatigue to your eye, eye strain and dry eyes. There is a general rule to follow to help prevent these irritations. You can follow the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes, look away at something at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Try and have your computer screen at least 20 inches to 40 inches away from your face. You can also keep some lubricating eye drops to assist. If you have questions on which ones to purchase, contact your local eye doctor.
- Don’t overwear your contact lenses – Do not over-wear your contacts for longer than you they are prescribed to be worn. This is all dependent on the type and style of lenses that each person has. If they are over worn, your eyes can be deprived of oxygen, which can make your vision blurry or your eyes may become inflamed. Give your eyes a break and wear your eye glasses from time to time. If you are running late or studying at night, maybe wear your eye glasses for a bit instead of your contact lenses.
- Ladies use friend’s make up from others – It is understandable that you are in close quarters in your dorm room or apartment you are renting, but there are some things that you should never share. Makeup is one of the main things to never share with your friends. Sharing makeup can risk the potential of spreading bacterial or viral infections. Sharing mascara, eye liner and eye shadow can lead to eye infections, so it is best to avoid sharing any type of make up with your friends.
- Wash your hands frequently – In simplest terms, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly helps keep you health all around. There are so many germs that can be transferred from person to person if you do not wash your hands. Imagine if some of the germs are spread to you by someone else’s hand, then you touch or rub your eyes. These germs then transform into your eyes and can cause an infection, bacterial or viral. Wash your hands in warm water with soap, for at least 30 seconds. Do this multiple times a day, especially after you have used the restroom, shopped or ate at a restaurant.
- Wear sunglasses – When purchasing sunglasses choose a pair that blocks out 99 to 100 percent of ultra violent rays. Bigger is better when you are searching for the perfect pair of sunglasses also. If you spend a lot of time outdoors,whether it is running, exercising, boating, sports, etc., look into purchasing polarized sunglasses. These types of sunglasses reduce the glare. During the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., it is most important to wear your sunglasses, the UV rays are strongest during these hours. During the warm months is not the only time you need to wear your sunglasses. The sun is still strong during the winter months, glares reflect off the snow and the ice as well. Finally, they can help reduce the amount of wrinkles around your eyes as well.
- Wear protective eye ware during sports – No matter what type of sport you play, it is imperative to wear protective glasses. Imagine if you get a shoulder or elbow to the face, you can have permanent damage to your eye. Wearing protective eye ware can reduce this risk of eye damage is reduced and can also enhance the player’s performance. Prevent Blindness America reports that over 40,000 eye injuries are seen in hospital emergency rooms every year that are sports-related. If this doesn’t make you want to wear protective eye ware I don’t know what will. That is a lot of eye injuries, with a vast majority of them being preventable.
Every college student has many things on their mind, but health may not be the top priority. But without proper care of your eyes, you may experience many vision problems or eye injuries that can hinder you throughout the rest of your life. Please consider the tips that are shown above to care for the overall health of your eyes. If you have any other questions, contact your local eye doctor.