WITH the stressful exam period just around the corner, a Winsford opticians is urging students at Mid-Cheshire College, Woodford Lodge and The Verdin High Schools to ensure their eyes are in good health before hitting the books.
Specsavers is advising students preparing for the forthcoming exam period to make sure they have had their eyes tested recently, as underlying health problems can be exacerbated by the extended time spent reading and looking at computer screens.
Specsavers store director Peter Adshead said: “Good eyesight and overall health are vital for optimum concentration during this crucial period of study.
“Poor concentration, headaches and an inability to focus for long periods, are all signs that glasses or contact lenses could be needed, so if an underlying visual problem goes undetected it can affect reading ability during study and even worse, affect exam performance.
“Our eyes should be tested at least once every two years in order to prevent a variety of conditions, even those not directly associated with the eyes.”
Specsavers offers the following tips when undertaking periods of study and revision:
Take regular ‘screen breaks’ when using a computer – it’s recommended that people using a computer for long periods of time take regular breaks and look away from the screen for a few minutes to give their eyes a break.
Good lighting is essential for your eyesight, especially whilst reading or writing. Students should make sure their desk or computer is positioned somewhere with natural light and use a desk lamp in the evenings.
Keep your working space cool. Heat dries out the air which in turn dries out the eyes, causing a lack of ‘tears’ which can in turn cause soreness and itchiness and conditions such as dry eye.
And finally, visit your local opticians. An eye examination is the only way to get to the root of visual problems and also study related problems such as a short attention span and difficulty in reading or using the computer for long periods.
Mr Adshead added: “Opticians are on hand to discuss your eyesight and whether or not there is a need for glasses or contact lenses, ensuring that you are suitably prepared to deal with the demanding exam period.
“In these tough economic times students will also be happy to hear that they may also qualify for a free or reduced rate eye test.”