top schedule of academics, sports, and other extracurriculars, nearly 70 percent of high school graduates are attending college.
Yet getting into a four-year school is just half the battle. To achieve their full potential and highest grades, college students undergo a hectic workload with many challenges along the way.
One hindrance that shouldn’t stand in their path to graduation is vision. Thanks to improved vision, college students can focus on their academics with full devotion to study and their future career.
The Inevitability of Vision Problems in College
Fluctuations in vision happen throughout a person’s life, but college may exacerbate or accelerate the symptoms. Writing papers, reading textbooks, studying, and constantly staring at a computer screen can all lead vision problems.
Add in that the average Millennial spends over nine hours a day on a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or television, and it’s no surprise that eye strain is rampant. Other causes of vision complications in college students include:
- Sleeping, showering, or swimming in contact lenses.
- Misdiagnosed or undiagnosed vision problems.
- Glare from digital device screens.
- Poor diet.
- Lack of sleep.
- Poor hygiene.
Awareness is sometimes enough to curb many of these sources of poor vision, but when that’s not enough, a visit to the optometrist or optician is a must.
Getting an Eye Exam
Before deciding on vision solutions, college students should get an eye exam at least once every two years. This ensures that students have an updated prescription that enables them to see both a laptop and the professor’s notes. An eye exam is also beneficial for students who have a family history of diseases that can impact eye health, including diabetes, hypertension, and various eye ailments.
Corrective Vision Options
If a professional determines that a college student’s vision is less than ideal, there are several options to fix the issue. Glasses are the easiest and quickest solution, allowing the student to pick their style and wear them only when they deem necessary. This can reduce a perceived social stigma while contributing to a student’s success.
Another vision solution is contact lenses. Made of soft, flexible plastic, contact lenses provide excellent vision without wearing glasses. They come in daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly varieties, giving students flexibility to meet their needs and tastes.
For students looking to rid their vision problems altogether, Lasik is the most viable option. Using a laser, eye care professionals can correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. In the long run, this reduces costs and provides a long-term solution. Students can finally focus on their studies and enjoy life free from glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil has treated thousands of college students. In fact, she has performed over 50,000 laser vision correction surgeries in her Orange County private, anxiety-free practice. Patients have experienced better than 20/20 vision and always say “I should’ve done it a long time ago”.
Not everyone is a good candidate for Lasik, but only an exam will tell which is offered complimentary by Dr. Alexandra Chebil in Irvine CA.
Home Remedies and Activities For Better Vision
Even with corrective lenses, glasses, or Lasik, students should still care for their eyes daily. To improve vision, reduce eye strain, and lessen the potential for future eye problems, consider these options:
- Eat a balanced diet high in antioxidants.
- Get regular exercise, which increases blood flow to the eyes and remove toxins.
- Stop smoking.
- Keep eyes moist by blinking or with eye drops.
- Protect the eyes from the sun with sunglasses.
With improved vision, college students can focus in and out of the classroom, resulting in less frustration, better focus, fewer headaches from eye strain, and more involvement in the classroom. It won’t guarantee success, but it definitely improves their chances.
If you’re ready to take the next step and learn whether Lasik is right for you, give us a call and schedule a one-on-one personal vision correction consultation with our Orange County Ophthalmologist Dr. Alexandra Chebil. Flexible payments with financing, extended weekend hours to meet busy schedules are available.