Recently I’ve been suffering from strained eyes as a result of easily avoidable all-nighters and marathoning The Wire (seriously good show). My poor eyes have probably suffered a lot these past four years at uni, with the late nights, long gaming sessions and strain of staring at a computer for hours at a time with no breaks. So I decided to drag myself along to the QUT Kelvin Grove Optometry Health Clinic for an eye test to see how my eyeball bros were going.
The test took about 1.5hrs and was conducted by a QUT Optometry student, supervised by an optometry professional. They tested my distance, reading, focusing ability, and checked for any diseases using a reaaaally bright light and this pressure-testing contraption using yellow dye and anaesthetic drops. Pretty cool stuff. Best of all it was bulk-billed, so for a uni student on a budget like myself, it was great to not pay anything! Luckily for me I won’t need glasses just yet and my vision is fine, but at the rate I’m going, I’ll probably need a pair of readers in the future since I spend so much time on the computer.
As uni students we’re basically married to our gadgets, and since we’re only going to become more connected to our screens in the future, it’s important to make sure our eyeballs are still in tip-top shape as we age so we can still
play video games in our 90s read and drive properly.
Here are some ways to be bros to your eyeballs:
- Get your eyes tested every 2 years. This is to make sure your vision is still going strong and to check for any diseases that might be lurking back there.
- Take regular breaks from the computer. Prolonged computer use and continual all-nighters can really mess up your eyes and results in damage to your vision and headaches. Simply take a short break every half hour or so to reduce strain. Looking out into the distance is good too (the QUT libraries have great views!)
- Wear your sunnies. You’ll not only look cool but you’ll also protect your eyes from diseases and damage like cataracts. Plus it’ll reduce your chances of getting crow’s feet around your eyes since you won’t be squinting all the time.
Lucky for us QUT students, the QUT Optometry Clinic bulk-bills and it’s super easy to make an appointment. Plus the QUT Health Clinics offer a lot of other services for free or cheap as well, so it’s a really convenient one-stop-shop. Be a bro to your eyeballs and get them checked out!