Eye Care Tips for College Students

students-on-lawnIt is time to head back to the classroom. With increasingly busy lives and a lot of studying, most college students don’t take proper care of their eyes as life gets in the way.

With these four simple activities, college students can make a huge difference in their eye health. In fact, developing an eye care routine right from the beginning of each semester can truly contribute to optimal eye health.

So let’s go over it.

#1 Wash Your Hands:
Always wash your hands before touching your eyes to prevent bacteria from entering the eye and causing conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. A pink eye outbreak is very common is schools and back in 2002, it struck more than a 1,000 Ivy League College students. Pink eye is just one type of infection that can cause problems when the hands are not properly washed.

#2 Give Your Eyes a Break:
College students often suffer from eye irritation, redness and persistent dry eye. To avoid these problems, give your eyes a break. The best rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Also, blink often to keep the eye moist.

#3 Do not Share Makeup:
Although sharing makeup may seem harmless, it is not. Makeup, especially makeup comprised of creamy substances can easily grow bacteria and spread it on the eyes and even the face. In fact, makeup sharing is the easiest way to spread infections, including herpes keratitis. Also, toss all makeup after three months of use.

#4 Protect Your Eyes Every Time You are Playing:
If you are a college athlete you may be at risk for various eye injuries. The most common injuries during sports such as tennis, basketball, baseball and lacrosse include broken bones near the eye socket and scratches on the eye surface. The best way to protect your eyes during a game, it so consider using polycarbonate sports glasses even if you are not wearing prescription contact lenses or eye glasses.

If you experience any problems, see a Rochester Hills eye doctor right away. If you are in the Rochester, Detroit or anywhere in Michigan, please contact us at Oakland Eye Clinic. We offer emergency eye care appointments and are the leading LASIK providers in Michigan.