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College students spend hours each day studying, reading, and looking at screens on computers and tablets. This amount of reading can strain the eyes causing headaches, problems with vision, and trouble concentrating. We offer four tips to help you or your student get some relief below.

Sit Closer to the Teacher


If you sit at the back of the classroom, then you are going to have to strain to see the board. Teachers may write big, but that does not mean the work is easy to see. Students who have issues with seeing far away should move up closer. Your vision will improve, and you will be more likely to stay on task and not let your mind wander when up front.

Take Frequent Eye Breaks

Do you know the 20-20-20 method? This exercise refers to taking a 20 second break every 20 minutes. The goal is to look at least 20 feet away from you to give your eyes time to readjust. The small break helps you remember to look away from your screen often. It also gives your eyes a chance to change vision by looking at distant items. If your eye problems are severe, then consider taking a walk around the room or going to the window for a few minutes before returning to your studies.

Take a Trip to the Eye Doctor

When you try several methods of relieving eye strain and nothing works, it might be time to set up an appointment with an eye specialist. Visiting the eye doctor once a year is a recommendation. Some companies, like Cohenís Fashion Optical, realize this. People who have issues seeing well can always book another visit to go over concerns. If the problems persist, then it may mean a change in lenses can help.

Get in the Habit of Blinking

Many people do not realize how little they blink when using computers and other devices with small screens. Taking the time to remind yourself to blink when you take an eye break is an excellent idea. You can also set a timer on your phone or use moisturizing eye drops when doing a ton of studying.

USA Today tells readers to get in the practice of good eye habits. By taking a break for 15 minutes every two hours, students let the eyes settle down and normalize before going back for more studying. Plus, it will give the mind a break from all the reading making it easier to cram in more information for mid-terms and finals.
Posted By: Rachelle Wilber
Monday, October 21st 2019 at 5:31PM
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