October is Blindness Awareness Month and it’s an opportunity to learn how widespread vision problems are across the globe and how they affect your health. Visual impairment can have a low or severe impact on quality of life ranging from age-related conditions, to significant eye diseases and ultimately blindness.
The World Health Organization states there are 285+ million visually impaired people, 245 million with low vision, and 39 million that can not see at all. There are also 65 million people that are affected by cataracts. Just in the states alone, there are 10+ million people that are suffering from retinal diseases that cause peripheral vision loss and night blindness.
These numbers are frightening to the eye health industry and one of the main causes of blindness is uncorrected refractive errors. 4 of the most common types of refractive errors are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. This is why it is important to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam to catch symptoms early on. Some of the signs can be subtle. Patients can often experience the following symptoms that show vision conditions:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Hazy vision
- Seeing a glare
- Eye strain or fatigue
- Difficulty driving at night
- Trouble focusing on small text
Just because you wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses still mean that you should see your optometrist yearly to detect any changes in your prescription and prevent vision loss.
Blindness Awareness Month not only brings exposure but allows for blind and visually impaired people to share their stories and how they live their life by doing daily tasks like everyone else! It’s also a friendly reminder to us all to see our optometrist for quality eye care and annual exams.
Prevention is key, at Crown Vision Center we maintain your optimal eye health. We have 19 full-service locations with capable and caring eye doctors and optometrists who will provide you with a quality eye exam yearly.