Healthy Vision And What It Means
“Our eyes are fascinating, powerful, and captivating parts of our bodies”, Unknown
Everyone wants to enjoy life and live a healthy lifestyle. This month, May 2023, is “Healthy Vision” month. Healthy vision can improve our chances of staying active and safe. Many people assume they are healthy as well as their eyes. However, this can be far from the truth. In the United States, approximately 37 million adults have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. All can cause visual impairment or blindness. Recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can reduce the risk of vision loss.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging everyone to take charge of their eye health and preserve their sight by being proactive to take care of their eyes. In most cases, a person with a 20/20 vision has a “Healthy Vision”. An individual with 20/20 vision means that they can stand 20 feet from an eye chart and see what a “normal” human sees.
A majority of people can see the chart clearly 20 feet away. In the United States, a person loses his or her vision every seven minutes. Therefore, resulting in an economic loss of approximately $51.4 billion annually. But most importantly, there is an invaluable impact on our families and quality of life. Vision problems can turn ordinary pursuits like driving or reading into impossible tasks. Damage to sensitive components of the eye can contribute to vision loss. Since vision loss can be a gradual process, regular eye exams and vision screenings must be a part of every individual’s personal wellness routine. Several vision problems are blurred vision (called refractive errors), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, and age-related macular degeneration.
The three most common vision problems are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. To keep your eyes healthy, get a comprehensive dilated eye exam: an eye care professional will use drops to widen the pupils to check for common vision problems and eye diseases. It’s the best way to find out if you need glasses or contacts, or are in the early stages of any eye-related diseases.
Vision Problem Symptoms:
- Pain reoccurring around the eyes
- Severe and sudden eye pain
- Seeing a “curtain” coming down over your eyes
- Seeing rainbows or halos around lights
- Floating “spider webs”
Your eye doctor can do a comprehensive dilated eye exam that focuses on visual sharpness, depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement to determine if there are any eye diseases in the early stages. Early detection of the diseases with treatment is most effective and can prevent vision loss. Some of the vision problems are blurred vision (called refractive errors), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, and age-related macular degeneration. The three most common vision problems are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Do You Have Blurry Vision?
Blurry vision may occur due to a wide range of issues ranging from dry eyes and eye strain to hereditary focusing problems. Chronically dry eyes may make the visual field appear blurry, as well as not able to focus in the cornea or lens known as astigmatism. In some cases, patients recovering from eye surgery may experience blurry vision path perception,
What Is Double Vision?
Double vision is the perception of two overlapping images that occurs when the two eyes cannot bring their separate images into a straight line. It may be the result of dry eyes, cataracts, eye surgery complications, or other issues. In some cases, a nerve injury or disease may create double vision.
These visual symptoms occur when some irregularity in the lens, cornea, or other parts of the eye interferes with the normal passage and refraction of light. Cataract sufferers, for instance, typically see halos around automobile headlights at night. Other aberrations may include starburst patterns, poor night vision, blurring of images, and uncomfortable glare.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is the inability to view close objects in focus. It is usually the result of an abnormal eyeball shape that causes incoming light to reach a focal point that would extend beyond the back of the eye.
Nearsightedness occurs when the distance between the front and back of the eye is too great or the cornea has too much curvature. This causes incoming light to reach a focal point before it hits the retina and causes distant objects to appear out of focus.
Peripheral Vision Loss
Loss of vision around the outer edges of the visual field may occur due to glaucoma, nerve damage, a detached retina, concussions, strokes, and other conditions.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
“Lazy eye,” occurs because one eye does not develop its keen sight as thoroughly as the other. It is a common childhood issue and can often with therapies can strengthen the eye.
If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to unhealthy eyes, contact us immediately. We are here to help you protect your eyes and maintain your quality of life.
“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.“