Student eye care - is there something you're overlooking?

Eyesight is arguably the most important sense that anyone has, and students will certainly put theirs to work as they start having so many new experiences. However, whether we factor in stereotypical understandings of students or not, there's a good chance that many of them will not preserve the health of their eyes as well as they can, so to avoid this, it's worth remembering a few things while you're studying, partying, or just relaxing.

Firstly, it's worth remembering that eye exams are provided for free by a number of universities, particularly during the first few weeks of a new academic year. However, students may not automatically qualify for a free test with other external organisations. If a person is on a low income, however - as most students are - you can collect an income assessment form (known as a HC1) from organisations offering such tests, as this could entitle such an individual to a free sight test.

If anything is found to be wrong, this can also provide partial help towards eye care costs, as well as eligibility for free pairs of spectacles paid for by the NHS. Those who want to fix their sight problems for good can, of course, get laser eye surgery. It may be a greater up-front cost, but it could be worth it if it means you have perfect vision for years to come!

However, prevention is always better than the cure so, with this in mind, here's another handful of tips that will ensure that you stay safe! Even in winter, a lot of people in Britain don't know what they could be letting themselves in for.

Firstly, buy sunglasses with UV protection. They need to give nothing short of 100 per cent UV protection to properly protect eyes from damage. Designer brands are known to have this as standard, so Ray-Ban and Oakley are always good bets - they're an investment that will last the distance. It's also worth remembering that it can be important to wear sunglasses on cloudy days, too; brighter days can have significant cloud cover, and UV damage may still occur.

Furthermore, maintain glasses. This doesn't necessarily mean occasionally tightening the screws; dirt and scratches cannot be allowed to appear, as scratched lenses can cause discomfort and hurt eye focus if there are blurry patches in front of your eyes. Of course, sunglasses are not the only accessory that a person can use to protect their eyesight. Baseball caps, visors or other brimmed headwear is perfect to help you overcome bright light.

Finally, remember to keep hydrated; this will give you the best odds for avoiding the worst effects of dehydration on your eyes. Aim to drink at least two litres of water a day to keep yourself on top of your game, or more if it's a hot day or you're engaging in activities; it will ultimately help stop eyes from drying out or tiring.

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