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Eyes and Exams: Tips for students

by Vaishali Sharma
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Exam season is once again approaching, and students studying for 10th, 12th, and numerous entrance tests are working at breakneck speed. As a result, some tips on how to care for your eyes at this time are definitely in order.

Sleep shortage: A minimum of 7 hours of sleep is required to maintain excellent health for the eyes as well as the rest of the body and mind. Sleep deficiency causes eye issues such as recurring styles (eye boils), which cause discomfort and swelling of the eyelids and result in lost study time.

Dietary deficiency: Because students often skip meals or rely on fast food, nutritional deficits can lead to weariness and lack of attention, as well as eye problems such as blepharitis, dry eyes, and eyelid infections. # Eat nutritious, balanced meals at regular intervals. Students preparing for examinations should eat foods high in vitamins A, D, E, B complex, minerals, and Omega 3.
Dehydration: Because of the intensity of their studies, some students fail to drink enough water and fluids, resulting in dehydration and frequent headaches, difficulty to focus, and sleepy eyes.

Postural issues: Poor posture has an impact on the neck, shoulders, lower back, and eyes, particularly in students with poor eye muscle balance and astigmatism.

Duration of study: Studying for 8 hours puts as much strain on the eye muscles as jogging 50 to 60 kilometres does on the leg muscles. So studying for 10 to 12 hours without rest puts great strain on the eye muscles, which has been linked to the development of myopia (glass power), spasms of the eye muscles, eye strain, difficulty to concentrate the eyes, eye discomfort, and severe headaches.

Digital Eye Strain: Also known as Computer Vision Syndrome, this condition is quite frequent among today’s students. The most common symptoms are redness, irritation, and a foreign body feeling in the eye. When using computers or cellphones for extended periods of time, tears in the eyes progressively disappear. Normally, a person blinks around 20 times per minute, however when using a computer or a mobile phone, the blink rate drops to once or twice per minute. This decreases the replacement of evaporated tears, resulting in dry eye syndrome. Air conditioning also dehydrates the skin and eyes, causing them to become dry.

Pro tip:

  1. Drink atleast 3 to 3.75 litres of fluids per day.
  2. Take short breaks every 30 minutes and look at far objects for 10 seconds to relax the eye muscles.
  3. Students who use computers and mobile phones must be careful to follow the 20 20 20 20 rule.
  4. Hold the device 20 inches from the eye.
  5. take a break of 20 seconds every 20 minutes
  6. look at any object 20 feet away.
  7. blink 20 times every minute
  8. Air conditioning should be frequently switched off and should never blow directly on to face.


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