College is in full swing for many students, but it is never too late to learn proper eye care. Having good vision is one of the essentials for learning in college. And there are ways that college students are harming there eyes. Life on campus makes students susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems, such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness. Check out these pointers to ace your eye heath. And your philosophy final. 

  • Don't Swim or Shower in Contacts
    • e've preached this to all of our patients numerous times and it still holds true. Acanthamoeba is a parasite that lives in water and can cause a rare but serious eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. According to the CDC, 85 percent of cases occur in contact lens wearers, one of the main risks being exposure of lenses to water. To avoid this dangerous infection, do not wear contact lenses in showers, hot tubs or when swimming in lakes or pools. Also, never use water to clean or store contact lenses; only use sterile contact lens disinfecting solution and a clean contact lens case.
  • Go Outside
  • Wash Your Hands
    • his is a gimme, but we want to make sure you're still following the rules mom and dad taught you. Even though you're out of elementary school, that doesn't mean you can get pink eye. Conjunctivitis, often called pink eye, spreads fast in schools and dorms. A pink eye outbreak struck more than 1,000 Ivy League college students in 2002. Avoid rubbing the eyes and wash hands with soap to avoid catching and spreading pink eye, not to mention other infections. 
  • Give You Eyes a Break
    • e've really hammered this in to our patients' minds. We encourage (nice word for politely force) our patients to follow the 20/20/20 rule: look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. You spend a lot of time with your nose in a book or staring at a computer screen in college, so make sure you give yourself and your eyes a break. 
  • Don't Share Makeup
    • armless as it may seem, sharing makeup is a surefire way to spread infection such as herpes keratitis among friends. Infection-causing bacteria grow easily in creamy or liquid eye makeup. Stick to your own makeup and throw it away after three months. If you develop an eye infection, immediately toss all of your eye makeup.
  • Protect Your Eyes During the Game
    • early 1 in 18 college athletes will get an eye injury playing sports. Common injuries, like scratches on the eye surface and broken bones near the eye socket, happen most often in high-risk sports such as baseball, basketball and lacrosse. Athletes should consider wearing polycarbonate sports glasses to help keep stray balls and elbows from hitting their eyes.