Vision health is an important part of one's life and is often overlooked until an obvious problem presents itself. Given January is National Glaucoma Month, it's an ideal time to get those peepers checked! My eight year old was diagnosed with an optic pit and required glasses almost a year ago. I had no idea as she never had any complaints but when the headaches started and her school work started to slip, I knew it was time to get her eyes checked. If you are like me and you didn't really know a lot about vision tests and how to choose the right doctor, you can check out the Zeiss educational tools.
I did learn that once you reach age 40, you might become one of most adults who suffer from presbyopia which is a result of crystalline lens of the eye losing its flexibility making it difficult to focus up close.
Do you know the differences between an optometrist, ophthalmologist and an optician? Sounds confusing doesn't it? The optometrist performs the eye exams and writes the prescriptions. They can also diagnose and treat some medical conditions of the eye. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who can treat a full range of eye diseases and conditions. They also perform surgery for cataracts and other eye conditions. An optician fills the prescription.
Some other common vision problems include:
- Nearsightedness – condition in which visual images come to a focus in front of the retina, causing blurry distance vision
- Farsightedness – condition in which visual images come to a focus behind the retina making it more difficult for the eyes to focus on near objects
- Astigmatism – condition in which the cornea's curvature is asymmetrical, so light rays are focused at two points rather than one, resulting in blurred vision
Make sure you are getting your annual eye exam and check out the resources to help ensure you pick out the right doctor!