Whether you are going directly from high school to college or re-entering school after time in the workforce or time spent a consider visiting an eye care professional before you start classes. Going back to school requires that you will need to see presentation materials in the distance, especially in larger classroom settings such as auditoriums, as well as being able to see up close when you are referring to your text books and notes. Glasses or contact lenses may be helpful, even if not needed in the past. LASIK is an excellent procedure for correcting distance vision if you want the simplicity and freedom of being able to function without glasses or contacts. Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C. currently offers complimentary LASIK consults so that you can find out if you are a candidate for this safe, FDA-approved procedure for correcting distance vision. Financing for LASIK is available. s a work at home mom, eyestrain at all ages is common in today’s visually demanding academic world. A typical college schedule involves long hours reading, working at a desk and staring at a computer. A poorly designed study environment with improper lighting, uncomfortable seating, incorrect viewing angles and improper reading or working distances can add to the visual stress. As the day progresses, the eyes begin to fatigue, and eyestrain and discomfort can develop. Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize eyestrain: Adjust your computer so that you are looking down on the screen to reduce eye and neck strain, adjust screen brightness and avoid glare by wearing glasses or lens coatings that block short-wavelength (blue) visible light. Use proper lighting and consider turning off some lights if overhead lighting causes glare on your computer. Take several minutes every hour to look away from the computer and allow your eyes to readjust. Maintain proper posture by making sure your feet are flat on the floor and your back is straight when seated at a desk. Most adults under the age of 40 enjoy healthy eyes and good vision. However, if you do have issues seeing in the distance or up close, you may want to Beginning in the early to mid-40’s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading or working on the computer. This normal change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time. Presbyopia occurs because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. This lens dysfunction prevents the eye from changing focus from seeing in the distance, reading or viewing objects at near. Initially, adults over 40 may need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Or, you may need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Print in the newspaper or in a text book may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting when studying at night. If you already wear glasses or contacts for distance vision, you may need to switch to bifocal or multifocal lenses. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have an option for improving their close vision without glasses. Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C. is happy to offer KAMRA Inlay, the world’s premier, state-of-the-art corneal inlay. The KAMRA Inlay procedure restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustration of putting on and taking off reading glasses. At the same time, KAMRA Inlay allows you to continue to see relatively well in the distance from this same eye. Smaller and thinner than a contact lens, the KAMRA Inlay is a small flat black ring with an opening in the center, like a flat donut shape. The inlay’s pinhole allows light from both near and far to focus on the retina of the non-dominant eye. This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision, and may be the perfect combination for middle-aged students constantly switching from looking in the distance then viewing a computer or text book at near. Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C. also offers free consults and financing for KAMRA Inlay. To schedule a free consult for LASIK or KAMRA Inlay, call Buffy Moore, refractive coordinator, at Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C.: 843-664-9393.