Can you imagine waking up one day to blurred vision that never shifts, or even worse, the darkness that enveloped you during the night, is with you for the rest of your life? It certainly would be a game-changer, and everything you’d come to know visually has now become a shadow. Improve eyesight vision by simply starting with an eyesight examination. We live in a colorful world, full of sights and wonder that stop you in awe. It would be a shame to lose one of the greatest gifts and human senses we have – our eyesight.
Your Lens to the World
Arts and culture have always stimulated us and played to our senses, and places like the Gateway Festival in Bengough, SK, for example, is full of sights, sounds, smells, and surroundings of which you couldn’t fully appreciate if you were visually impaired in some way and so it’s a good idea to improve your vision and start thinking about your eye health. Don’t hesitate, do something about it today.
Our eyes are the lens to the world around us, and we all take them for granted and maybe, just maybe, one day the beautiful places around us like Meewasin Valley, Beaver Creek Conservation Area, Pike Lake Provincial Park, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park will all become a haze and eventually fade away if we don’t act fast and get it checked out by an optometrist. Surely, you’d want 2020 vision in 2021?
Common Vision Problems
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) This affects the part of the eye called the macula which is found in the center of the retina and blurs the sharp, central vision needed to see straight ahead while driving and reading.
Blurred Vision This affects how the eyes see and alters the shape of the eye, which of course, can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye treatments.
Cataract This can affect mostly older people and is a clouding effect of the eye lens. Symptoms of this are poor vision at night, especially while concentrating and driving. This is due to the bright lights and glare.
Glaucoma This is caused by a damaged optic nerve, and most people don’t usually know they have it until vision is lost. Loss of vision through glaucoma cannot be corrected.
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) This is caused by damaged blood vessels in the back of the retina. Type one and two diabetes patients are at risk of this condition. Some of the warning signs are gradual vision loss, floaters, shadows, or blurred vision.
Safety Tips for the Visually Impaired
Having a clear line of vision is imperative as it’s our way through the world, but once it deteriorates or has gone, things can get tricky and even more dangerous, even within your own home, which was always a haven. Ensuring that the floor area is secure is a good start, fastening down any loose rugs and dealing with any surprise bumps or tripping hazards.
Ensuring that home appliances and devices are easy to reach and operate, especially anywhere around controls for ovens, grills, and hobs. Decorating rooms with bright contrasting colors is also a helpful tip and can be put into practice when buying household items and furniture too.
— Featured photo by Flickr user Axel Naud, Creative Commons