This March is Save Your Vision Month as always, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what you can do to look after your eyes better. If you think just because your vision is fine that means your eyes must be healthy, you might unfortunately be incorrect.
The best way to find out is to look for guidance from sources like the NHS, who offer advice on eye health, or make an appointment to see a professional specialist. Eye doctors will be able to examine you to determine what your prescription is if you need glasses or contact lenses, but in many cases they can do a whole lot more besides, including saving your life by detecting serious issues like diabetes, cholesterol or high blood pressure early.
Whatever age you’re at, it’s vital to get your eyes tested regularly to help avoid a range of problems as well as those above. For children, it’s crucial for normal development to get vision checked early and continuously, plus this can affect performance at school. Later in life the focus is more on preventing diseases that can show themselves gradually. Some of the key problems your eye doctor would be able to detect with a proper examination may include:
- Eye teaming
Your two eyes are designed to work together as a team. If something is affecting the efficiency of this teamwork it is referred to as a binocular vision problem, and this most commonly means one eye is compensating for another leading to eye strain and headaches among other symptoms.
If your eyes are crossed, this is known as strabismus. This is a similar issue to eye teaming, and can lead to the same symptoms. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the problem.
- Refractive issues
If your eyes are near-sighted or far-sighted, or you have astigmatism (when the eye is not as spherical as it should be), this is referred to as a refractive error. Usually to correct this you would have glasses, contact lenses or some form of corrective surgery.
Since these issues can be very important to keep on top of, we’re supporting Save Your Vision month to raise awareness. All you really need to do is make time for an annual check up once a year, and you might find the health benefits later make it well worth your while.