The world around us is filled with beautiful and marvelous things which we are able to see and experience through the gift of sight. Our eyes are in fact brilliant biological machines, taking in different spectrums of light, processing mass amounts of information, and projecting an image to our brain like a movie screen of everything around us. Many people would in fact say that the ability to see is in fact the most important of our senses as it allows us to explore, build, and understand the world in a way which other sense cannot replicate. There truly is nothing like seeing something for yourself.
It is then quite surprising to find the number of people who do not have regular eye examinations
is on the rise. Perhaps in such a busy world juggling jobs, family responsibilities, and personal matters many people feel they don't have the time to make an appointment, or they think they're in very good health overall assuming that their eyes must be too. The truth is in fact that many ocular problems begin quite a while before an untrained individual first notices them, giving them time to become worse before a treatment is administered. A qualified optometrist is usually able to pick up on these issues much sooner than we can, because, after all, they are a professional specifically looking for things we don't even know about. This can save you a lot of time and potentially unpleasant repercussions down the road. Still some people will put off an examination for reasons that will not seem important if sight is affected such as:
Vanity – A lot of people associate the idea of getting glasses with the look of a librarian, older person, or "geek” in the case of younger children and adolescents. They may put off eye exams in the hopes of avoiding wearing such supports and the inconvenience and discomfort they feel comes with contact lenses. Ultimately this does more harm than good, as wearing glasses is surely preferable to not being able to see well enough to read or drive, and the often imagined discomfort is not nearly what they expected and vastly preferable to a future eye surgery which may result from years of straining to see without proper support.
Financial Concerns – We all understand that the world is expensive and that money can run tight, especially for a family. With so much of our lives relying on our ability to see, perhaps it is better to think of the costs of NOT going for an examination. Catching a problem early could be treated simply with inexpensive eye drops. Catching it late could result in thousands of dollars in future surgeries, loss of work, inability to perform basic tasks, or even loss of sight. How much is your vision worth again?
Fear – A lot of us think we are tempting fate by going to the doctor, optometrist, dentist etc. A number of folks believe if they feel fine they are fine, and that specialist will look for things that aren't fine only to make a profit. The ironic thing is, by leaving a relatively small problem untreated those people are the ones making their potential problems much worse.
Think of an optometrist as an ally
in the good fight to keep your body healthy. There are a lot of wonderful things to see in this world, and at even at an advanced age, we've still only seen a fraction of them. Book an appointment for an eye examination today and keep enjoying those precious sights for years to come.