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Things College Students Can Do to Protect the Health of Their Eyes

The life of a college student can become quite busy. However, this is no reason to ignore issues pertaining to the eye health. Students in college should be especially conscious of the following tips regarding the health of their eyes.

Keep Your Hands Clean

Crowded classrooms and dormitories make great breeding areas for bacteria and germs. The germs that cause pink eye are common in these environments. Wash your hands multiple times each day with warm water and soap. You should also keep your hands away from your face, especially your eyes, as much as possible.

Keep Contact Lenses Clean

Between classes and on-campus social activities, it can be easy to neglect the cleaning of your contact lenses. You should not sleep in your contacts unless they are specifically designed for extended wear. You should disinfect and properly store your contacts each night before bed. You should also only wash your contacts with the proper cleaning solution and never shower or swim while wearing them. Bad hygiene practices with contacts can cause infections in the eye and sometimes worse.


Studying and reading for long hours can strain the eyes. Modern technology can make matters worse. The light from mobile phones, tablets, and computers is a factor for computer vision syndrome and other eye complications. If you must work using a computer for a large part of the day, computer glasses are available to lessen the workload on your eyes.

Spend Time Outside

More than half of college students suffer from nearsightedness. Spending time outside can keep this condition from becoming worse. Spend a little time outdoors each day. Your books and computer screen will be waiting for you when you return.

Be Careful with Makeup

Eye makeup can be a source point for a number of bacteria that can negatively affect the eyes. You and your friends should never use the same makeup for your eyes. Also, if your eyes ever become infected, you should discard the eye makeup you are using immediately.

Use Protective Eyewear

You should use proper gear to protect your eyes if you participate in athletics while in college. These glasses will protect your eyes from bumps, scratches, bruises, and serious injury.

Yearly Exam

A yearly eye examination will ensure your vision is optimal and provide an early warning to any potential threats to the health of your eyes.

About Campus Eye Group

The staff at Campus Eye Group is comprised of board-certified ophthalmologists and certified optometrists who deliver the highest quality of eye care, innovative medical and surgical care, and the finest optical services available.

With multiple offices in Mercer County, NJ and Bucks County PA, we are one of the largest and most prestigious free-standing eye care centers in the country.

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