Many young adults who have never experienced eye strain or vision problems, begin to experience blurry vision, sore and tired eyes, and eye strain during their college years. This can be attributed to the increase in the amount of reading, paperwork, and computer work required of college students.
According to the American Optometric Association, 70-75% of computer users experience eye and vision problems, which are commonly referred to as computer eye strain. It is important to take the necessary precautions to conserve good vision and eye health. Often, by the time blurry vision is noticed, damage has already been done within the eye.
Additionally, less than 50% of the young adult population takes the necessary precautions to prevent damage from harmful UVA and UVB radiation from the sun. Failing to protect your eyes from the sun puts you at higher risk for serious age related diseases. Over a lifetime, this damage is cumulative, and can reduce the length of time you will have clear vision.
Studies show that young adults who wear contact lenses tend to be more likely to over-wear them, increasing their risk of eye infection. Years of over-wearing contact lenses can lead to permanent eye health damage and severely reduced vision. The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye health examination for contact lens wearers of any age.
For all young adults, the American Optometric Association recommends an eye health examination every one to three years, whether you wear contact lenses, prescription eye glasses, or have perfect vision, depending on the recommendation of your eye health professional.