But none of these things would be possible without a healthy set of eyes. Eyes are the most important thing given to us by God. It’s the one of the most important and vital organ of our body. Still, since seeing is such a commonplace activity for most people, it’s easy to take for granted.
With exams being conducted across schools and colleges, exam madness is well and truly here!
Here are some tips to keep your eyes healthy during exams:
- Starting preparing for exams in advance, don’t wait for the last night
Last minute cramming may be your style of studying, but please don’t do it at the cost of a good night’s sleep. The last thing you want to be is groggy and unfocused during the actual exam.
To avoid this, start preparing few months before the exams. It will decrease the pressure on your eyes – which you give them during exams. It will reduce your burden – you feel few days just before the exam.
Make sure you sleep the night before the exam to be able to give it your best.
- Eat good diet
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate.
A student should intake nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E during exams, even in their normal life too!
Regularly eating almonds, cashews, carrot and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and other oily fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources, oranges and other citrus fruits or juices can help lead to good eye health especially for exam intakers.
Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
- Keep yourself cool and hydrated
Besides a good diet, you should always remain hydrated, even in exams!
Hydration isn’t just important during physical activity. Water is always needed by your body, even if you are studying whole day! Water helps to maintain healthy state of mind.
Students should drink a lot of water, juices, fruit shake, and similar such drinks.
- Drink caffeine – but not too much
Many students feel that caffeine increases their mental alertness. When a student drink or eat caffeine, it acts as a stimulant. Higher doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and the jitters. Higher intake of caffeine can deplete your tear film and dry out your eyes, which can contribute to irritation.
Caffeine can also interfere with normal sleep and the ability to concentrate and in some cases heart rhythm can be affected. If you are stressed or anxious, caffeine can make these feelings worse. This has great negative impact on eyes too.
- Give Your Eyes a break from the Book and Computer Screen
Don’t continuously focus your eyes on a book or computer screen. Remember the 20-20 rule i.e. after each 20 minutes, take 1-2 minutes rest. And also maintain an appropriate distance between book/computer screen and your eyes.
The small rest in between your vigorous studies helps in breaking the eyes constant strain of focusing from doing close work, like reading or looking at a computer monitor.
Calm yourself and give rest to your eyes and brain. After all, they are not a machine! Even machine can’t work and produce output after working continuously for a long time!
Actually, when we concentrate, whether it’s on reading or on the computer, we blink about half as many times as we do when we aren’t concentrating. Blinking is how we bring fresh tears to the corneal surface, which helps your eyes stay moist and free of irritants. So the more we concentrate, the drier our eyes become.