This new course is full of new aspects, such as the incorporation of different digital platforms or online classes, which combine with the pressure of work and exams and the busy life of students and teachers. For all these reasons, students and teachers must take special care of their eye health. Here are some tips for taking care of your vision:

1. Take your eyes off the screen every 20 minutes

The so -called “digital eye strain” can make students and teachers tired and uncomfortable and can cause dry eyes and blurred vision, as people tend to blink less than when not using digital devices.

Experts recommend following the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes in front of a digital screen, you should look at an object 20 feet (6 metres) away for 20 seconds.

It is also recommended to alternate reading between e-books and printed books, to look through the window every two chapters, to avoid using the computer outdoors or in excessively bright areas, to adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen and to adopt a correct posture when sitting in front of the computer.

2. Clean glasses and contact lenses on a regular basis

Most users have admitted that they don’t usually clean their glasses or lenses on a regular basis. This can lead to a variety of problems, from over-focusing to eye infections. Therefore, practicing good hygiene habits is crucial to the health of your eyes.

3. Use proper eye protection when playing sports

Whether you are at school or just casually doing sports activities, it is important to protect your eyes from possible injuries with sports eye protection. In many cases, the equipment of certain sports has already been fitted with safety glasses, which help prevent eye injuries.

4. Mantain a healthy lifestyle

To have a healthy vision it is important that the whole body is healthy. Exercise, a balanced diet and not smoking are the three main keys to improving your health and the health of your eyes. In addition, the nutrients we use in our diets can prevent numerous eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Another important factor in keeping your eyes healthy is to sleep an average of 8 hours a day. Different studies point out that a lack of sleep can lead to poor work results, memory loss or diseases such as diabetes and obesity. With the lack of sleep also appear eye spasms, which, although they do not harm the vision, can be annoying and affect your concentration.

5. Schedule regular eye exams

Many eye diseases often remain undetected in their early stages of development. For this reason it is important to detect them early and treat them as soon as possible by eye exams.

Medical content revised by - Last revision 15/09/2020

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