Many of us experience vision loss at some point in our lives. Poor eyesight can make everyday life difficult and could be hazardous in certain situations. For this reason, it’s important to take action as soon as you notice your eyesight starting to fade. Below is a guide to keeping an eye on your vision.
What causes vision loss?
For many people, vision loss is genetic and cannot be prevented. Conditions such as hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (short-sightedness) may develop while in school.
Those that don’t suffer from genetic vision loss may experience it in old age. In fact, it’s believed that almost everyone experiences presbyopia (natural deterioration of eyesight) in their latter years.
Certain bad habits may cause vision loss to occur earlier – or may even lead to the development of more serious eye conditions such as cataracts and diabetic retinopathy (caused by diabetes). Bad habits to be wary of include not wearing eye protection against bright light (including shades in sunny weather), eating a poor diet and smoking.
What are the signs of vision loss?
Vision loss tends to be gradual and some people do not notice it at first. You may find yourself straining to read information – this could be information far away such as road signs or a board in class, or it could be information close to you such as a book or computer screen. You may find yourself constantly squinting or moving to get a better view of things. These could all be signs that your eyesight is fading.
If you notice black spots, halos or streaking light this could be a sign of a more serious eye condition. In such instances, you should try to see a doctor as soon as possible
How to get your vision tested
The best way to test your vision is to book an eye test with an optician. This will give you an accurate idea as to the state of your vision and whether corrective vision is necessary. If you have an eye condition, you may be recommended to a doctor who can then work out the best form of treatment.
Ways to correct your vision
Glasses are by far the most common form of corrective vision. They tend to be the most affordable option – while designer frames can be expensive, there are stylish options available at a cheaper price as shown by this roundup of the best cheap glasses online. Some people wear glasses for temporary periods, while others wear them all day.
Some people prefer to wear contact lenses over glasses. These could be daily contact lenses (which are disposed of every day) or monthly contact lenses (which you can wear for a month – while taking them out at night). Contact lenses can work out more expensive than glasses in the long run.
Laser eye treatment
For certain eye conditions, it may be possible to undergo laser eye treatment. This can correct vision permanently without the need for glasses or contact lenses. The procedure can however be very expensive – it should be treated as an investment.
For more serious eye conditions like cataracts, surgery may be a recommended option. The cost of this is likely to vary depending on the condition and type of healthcare option you choose.